David Severn is a Managing Director at Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK), a value-oriented diversified holding company. Mr. Severn is a member of Leucadia’s investment team and is also responsible for several of Leucadia’s portfolio companies, including its auto dealership joint venture, two specialty finance companies, and Berkadia, Leucadia’s 50/50 joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway. In partnership with the Ken Garff Auto Group based in Utah, Mr. Severn worked on over 20 acquisitions, investing more than $200 million to help lead the creation of the 12th largest auto dealership group in the country. Until Leucadia’s divestiture of its wineries, Mr. Severn was also responsible for overseeing Leucadia’s portfolio of wineries (today known as the Crimson Wine Group, OTCMKTS: CWGL). In this capacity, he worked on winery and vineyard land acquisitions worth over $100 million.
Prior to joining Leucadia, Mr. Severn was an Economics Section Leader at Harvard University and the Domestic Marketing Director for Northwest Cherry Growers, a marketing cooperative focused on growing both consumer and retail demand for stone fruits grown in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. Between baseball games and trips exploring the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Severn also spent the summers of his formative years in Yakima, WA working for Gilbert Orchards, nurturing baby trees, sorting fruit, and moving rocks. Mr. Severn has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Economics and Business from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. He currently lives in New York City with his amazing wife Chelsea and his rambunctious daughter Rhetta.