Lester B. Knight

  • Founding Partner and Chairman, RoundTable Healthcare Partners
  • Chairman of the Board, Aon Corporation

Lester B. Knight is a Founding Partner and Chairman of RoundTable Healthcare Partners, a private equity firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. Since its inception in 2001, RoundTable has raised seven funds and has $2.1 billion in assets under management.

Mr. Knight has over 35 years of healthcare experience. He served as Vice Chairman of Cardinal Health following the merger of Allegiance Corporation and Cardinal in 1999. Prior to the merger, Mr. Knight was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Allegiance, a multibillion-dollar spin-off in 1996 from Baxter International, Inc. Mr. Knight spent 16 years at Baxter where he was Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Knight was elected Chairman of the Board of Aon Corporation in 2008 having served on the board since 1999. He also chairs the Governance/Nominating and Executive Committees.

Mr. Knight also serves on the Northwestern University Board of Trustees having been elected in June 1998. As a trustee he serves on the Executive Committee.

Additionally, Mr. Knight holds other board positions at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Junior Achievement of Chicago, and the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). He is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago, and a Trustee of the Knight Family Foundation.

Mr. Knight holds a Bachelor’s degree (’80) in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and Master’s degree (’81) in Business from the Cornell Johnson School of Management.