Philip Lawton has over 30 years of experience as an investment professional, chiefly at large banks and insurance companies. He was also the founding head of the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM®) program at CFA Institute and served as the 2011-2012 chair of the North American Verifiers Roundtable, a forum for firms whose practice includes assessing investment managers’ claims of compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). In addition to investment performance analysis, his areas of competence include leadership and ethics, managerial accounting, regulatory compliance, and financial and operational risk management. Lawton is currently employed as a vice president at an investment management firm in Newport Beach, California.
Lawton earned the baccalaureate, licentiate, and doctorate degrees in Philosophy in the French-speaking section of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance at Northeastern University. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and Professional Risk Manager (PRM). In 2007 he was awarded the CIPM designation in recognition of his contributions to the development of the CIPM study and examination program.
In the area of financial management, Lawton is the author of Middle Office: Managing Financial Institutions in Turbulent Times (2012); the co-author, with Holly H. Miller, of The Top Ten Operational Risks: A Survival Guide for Investment Management Firms and Hedge Funds (2010); the co-editor, with Todd Jankowski, of Investment Performance Measurement: Evaluating and Presenting Results (2009); and the author or co-author of numerous articles. (See Related Publications.)
Lawton’s books and papers in the field of philosophy have been published by Harper & Row, Philosophy Today, Het Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, Philosophy Research Archives, University Press of America, Philosophy & Theology, and International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. At present, he is engaged in an extended nights-and-weekends research and writing project at the intersection of philosophy and psychology.
Philip Lawton resides in Orange County, California and Albemarle County, Virginia.