Thomas Gimbel serves as American Farmland Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Director. He has served in these roles since the completion of the initial public offering in October 2015. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and a director since the inception in 2009. In addition, he is Executive Managing Director of Optima Fund Management LLC, a multi-disciplined hedge fund management firm that is SEC-registered and has assets under management of $2.9 billion, which he joined in 2004, and where he allocates a fraction of his time.
Prior to joining Optima Fund Management, Mr. Gimbel was Managing Director for Hedge Fund Investments at Credit Suisse Asset Management, LLC, an Investment Management firm. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Gimbel was head of the Hedge Fund Department at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, which provided investment banking and security brokerage services prior to being acquired by Credit Suisse. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gimbel was Vice President and Treasurer of Smith Barney’s real estate acquisition and syndication subsidiary.
Mr. Gimbel is a member of the Board and Investment Committee of Lighthouse Guild, the Board of Overseers of Children’s Hospital in Boston and a director of Prime Energy Corporation.
Mr. Gimbel has a BA in economics from Bowdoin College and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School.