Gus Vlak is a Partner and a Managing Director at Barington. Mr. Vlak rejoined Barington in 2023. From 2016 through 2023, Mr. Vlak was President & CEO and a Director of The Eastern Company, following a successful proxy contest led by Barington. Before joining Eastern, Mr. Vlak was a Senior Advisor to Barington. From 2001 to 2012, Mr. Vlak was a Partner at Katzenbach Partners, a management consulting firm that was acquired by Booz & Co. (now PWC). Prior to Katzenback, Mr. Vlak was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Vlak started his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Vlak received an A.B. in Economics from Amherst College, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
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