Founders


Bob Diamond
Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Member of Investment Committee

Mr. Diamond is Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas, and is based in New York. Mr. Diamond is also a founder and non-executive director of Atlas Mara Limited. Until 2012, Mr. Diamond was Chief Executive of Barclays, having previously held the position of President of Barclays and was responsible for Barclays Capital and Barclays Global Investors (BGI). He became an executive director of Barclays in 2005 and was a member of the Barclays Executive Committee since 1997.

Prior to Barclays, Mr. Diamond held senior executive positions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mr. Diamond worked at Credit Suisse First Boston from 1992 to 1996, where his roles included Vice Chairman and Head of Global Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange in New York, as well as Chairman, President and CEO of Credit Suisse First Boston Pacific. Mr. Diamond worked at Morgan Stanley from 1979 to 1992, most recently as the Head of European and Asian Fixed Income Trading. 

Mr. Diamond is a Trustee of The American Foundation of the Imperial War Museum Inc., a Life Member of The Council on Foreign Relations and is involved in several non-profit initiatives, including being a Director of the Diamond Foundation. He is also Life Trustee and former Chair of the Colby College Board of Trustees.

A native of Concord, Massachusetts, Mr. Diamond holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Colby College in Maine and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.  He was awarded Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Connecticut and Doctor of Laws from Colby College.

 

 


David Schamis
Founding Partner and Chairman of Investment Committee

Mr. Schamis is Founding Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee at Atlas, and is based in New York. Previously, Mr. Schamis worked at J.C. Flowers from 2000 to January 2014, most recently as a Managing Director and member of the Management Committee. Mr. Schamis joined J.C. Flowers at its inception and has had significant experience investing in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. His day-to-day responsibilities included transaction and sourcing execution, portfolio company monitoring and firm operations. Prior to J.C. Flowers, Mr. Schamis worked in the financial institutions investment banking group at Salomon Smith Barney LLC from 1995 to 2000.

Mr. Schamis is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Somerset Reinsurance Ltd.. He was previously Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fox-Pitt Kelton and Ascensus Retirement Services (formerly Crump Group, Inc.). He also served on the Board of Directors for Affirmative Insurance Holdings, Inc., Symetra Financial Corporation and MF Global Ltd. In 2007 and 2008, Investment Dealers’ Digest magazine named Mr. Schamis to its “40 Under 40” list.

A native of Plainview, New York, Mr. Schamis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Yale University. He served as Co-Chairman of the Class of 1995’s Reunion Gift Committees in 2005, 2010 and 2015. Mr. Schamis remains active in his community and has coached football and lacrosse at various levels.