A 1985 graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics, R. Scott Turicchi spent the following 15 years in the investment banking industry, including 10 years at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation (DLJ). During his tenure at DLJ, he was responsible for corporate finance activities, including public equity offerings, high grade and high yield debt offerings, private equity placements, and mergers and acquisitions advisory services.
In March 2000, Mr. Turicchi joined one of his clients, j2 Global, Inc., as the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development. In May 2003, he was appointed CFO of the company, and in August 2005, he was elevated to Co-President. His focus is directed to all regulatory, M&A, and public company matters. j2 Global is a NASDAQ-listed provider of Internet-based messaging and communication solutions.
Mr. Turicchi serves as a board member of Green Hills Software, a private company that produces real-time operating systems. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Reed Institute at his alma mater, Claremont McKenna College. He and his wife, Lannette, serve as Trustees of the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington D.C. The Turicchis have also been involved with the North American College in Rome.
Mrs. Turicchi was active in the entertainment industry for several years before launching the non-theatrical distribution department for Dreamworks SKG. In 2000, she co-founded Captive Entertainment, a distributor of feature films and television products to the non-theatrical market. She now devotes her time to the couple’s three young girls. In addition, she has recently completed two short subject films about Pope John Paul II for the John Paul II Cultural Center and is working on a feature length documentary entitled Poland and the Papacy.
Mr. Turicchi was appointed to the Board of Governors in May 2007 and held the office of vice chairman before being elected as chairman in May 2014. He says of his involvement with Thomas Aquinas College, “It is a great honor and privilege to serve on a board that unites so many of my interests, including love of Church, knowledge, and beauty. I am deeply proud of the administration, faculty, students, and alumni for providing an example of how Catholic higher education should contribute to the overall formation of the person. I hope to be able to contribute to this vision and example.” In 2008, he and Mrs. Turicchi were inducted into the Order of St. Albert.