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Profiles: Charlie Leighton '57

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Charlie Leighton '57
Executive Director, U.S. Sailing

Charlie Leighton '57 has fond memories of his first venture as an entrepreneur. After arriving at Bowdoin to find that no sailing team existed, Charlie and three of his friends asked for permission from the College to start one on their own. With the green light, the group raised the money to purchase five boats and a piece of waterfront property, racing every weekend and becoming one of the top teams in the area. Years later, after graduating from Harvard Business School, Charlie founded CML Group, which grew from a three-person enterprise to a company of 4,000 and oversaw companies like Boston Whaler. After serving as the director of Met Life for 12 years, Charlie combined his business experience with his passion for sailing, pulling U.S. Sailing out of debt in just four years as the organization’s executive director. Charlie remains an active sailor and still races his 42-foot Hinckley.

Posted June 08, 2007