David Robb is Managing Director of Frontier Group, the investment arm of the Robb family office which he co-founded with Frank Carlucci, Chairman Emeritus of The Carlyle Group and former U.S. Secretary of Defense. Mr. Robb is known in the family office community for making the transition from fund investing to direct investing, which is the primary focus of his investment activities. During his tenure at Frontier Group, Mr. Robb has been responsible for direct investments across a broad range of technology, consumer, industrial and services sectors. Prior to co-founding Frontier, Mr. Robb was a principal investor with The Carlyle Group. While at The Carlyle Group, he worked on the buyout funds investing in general industrial, aerospace, defense, technology, aviation services, and transportation companies.
David Robb is also the Founder and Chairman of Utopia, the residential ocean line company currently developing the 987 foot long luxury ship which contains 200 residences and a 5 star hotel and resort. The ocean liner will sail to world famous cultural and sporting events such as the Cannes Film Festival, Monaco Grand Prix, Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Fashion Week, the Olympics and many others. Philanthropy is core to the business plan, and the ocean liner will travel on a perpetual mission of helping the less fortunate, fostering peace initiatives and hosting gatherings of world leaders, first ladies and leaders in business, education and the arts. Utopia will inspire leaders to come together, share ideas, settle differences and promote peace around the world.
During the past year, Mr. Robb has been invited to speak at family office conferences on the topics of private equity and direct investing, which is gathering momentum currently among many family offices. He has keynoted or participated on panels for various family office and investment conferences such as the Family Office Association, Beamonte Conference, DC Finance, and the Milken Global Conference.
Mr. Robb began his career with the White House but has spent most of his career in private equity investing and managing companies. He has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, NY Times, LA Business Journal, Washington Business Journal, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, St Louis Post-Dispatch, ABC News, Fox News, and CNN. Mr. Robb is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Yale University.