Fred Simmons was raised in Mountain Lakes, NJ, and attended public schools there. He received a BA in Philosophy from Williams College in 1978 and an MBA from New York University in 1982. He spent 8 years at Bankers Trust Company, 4 years in New York City and 4 years in Los Angeles. He joined Freeman Spogli & Co. in 1986 and has been a General Partner there for over 20 years.
Mr. Simmons has served on the Board of Directors of a number of public and private companies, and today serves on the Boards of PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc., Smile Brands Group, Inc. and Boot Barn, Inc. He is also a Board Member of LAMP Community, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that works to decrease homelessness.
Mr. Simmons and his wife, Dr. Olga Mohan, have three children who are presently enrolled at Stanford University, Brown University and Middlebury College. They live in Manhattan Beach, California.