Peter W. May is President and a founding partner of Trian Fund Management, L.P. (“Trian”). Mr. May, along with Nelson Peltz and Ed Garden, founded Trian in November 2005. Trian invests in under-performing and undervalued public companies and looks to work constructively with the management and Board of Directors to create lasting shareholder value.
Mr. May serves as the non-executive Senior Vice Chairman of The Wendy’s Company. He previously served as Wendy’s non-executive Vice Chairman from June 2007 to November 2021. From May 2008 through May 2017, Mr. May served as a director of Tiffany & Co., and from March 2018 until 2022, he served as director of Mondelēz International, Inc. From April 1993 through June 2007, Mr. May served as President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of Triarc Companies, Inc., which during that period of time owned Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. and the Snapple Beverage Group, as well as other consumer and industrial businesses.
Mr. May was President and Chief Operating Officer and a director of Triangle Industries, Inc. from 1983 until December 1988, the largest packaging company in the world and a Fortune 100 industrial company, when that company was acquired by Pechiney, S.A., a leading international metals and packaging company.
Mr. May is the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Health System in New York, where from October 2002 to April 2019 he led the turnaround of this major academic health center from serious financial difficulties to what is today one of the most successful and fastest growing academic medical centers in the United States. Mr. May is Co-Chairman of the New York Philharmonic, a director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a trustee of the New-York Historical Society and a partner of the Partnership for New York City. In addition, Mr. May is an Emeritus Trustee of The University of Chicago and a Life Member of the Advisory Council of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and was the past Chairman of the UJA Federation’s “Operations Exodus” campaign. He is Chairman of the Board of The Leni and Peter May Family Foundation.
A native of New York, New York, Mr. May received A.B. and M.B.A. degrees from The University of Chicago and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Mr. May also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University.