Ambassador Ford Fraker
It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the sudden death of our dear friend, colleague and business partner. Ford passed away on Monday 4th September 2017 on Nantucket Island.
With over 40 years of experience in banking, finance and investments in the Middle East, Ford began his career with Chemical Bank New York where he worked from 1972 to 1979 in New York, Lebanon, UAE and Bahrain finishing as Vice President/Regional Manager for the bank's Bahrain office. In 1979, he joined Saudi International Bank (JP Morgan affiliate) where he spent 12 years as Head of the Middle East, Banking and Credit and serving on the bank's Managing Committee.
In 1993, he joined MeesPierson Investment Finance Limited where he was Managing Director, placing investment products with European and Middle Eastern institutional and private investors. In 1996, he co-founded and served as Managing Director and Chairman of Trinity. Ford continued to maintain an active role at Trinity until his recent death.
Ford served as US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from April 2007 to April 2009, spanning both the George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama administrations. From 2009 to 2013, he was a Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) serving as Chairman of KKR Middle East and North Africa, and CEO of KKR Saudi Ltd.
Until his death, Ford served as Senior Advisor for the Middle East with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and as President of the Middle East Policy Council in Washington, DC. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Berger Group Holdings, Morristown, NJ, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International College in Beirut.
In 1971, Ford graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Harvard University.