Warren Lichtenstein is a businessman and philanthropist. Born in 1965, Mr. Lichtenstein’s wide-ranging career and personal pursuits have resulted in achievements in business and philanthropy. He is a committed and loving father to two children, a proud member of the local communities where he lives and works and is passionate about furthering charitable causes related to children, education and youth sports.
Warren Lichtenstein is the founder and executive chairman of Steel Partners Holdings L.P. (NYSE: SPLP), a global diversified holding company. He founded Steel Partners in 1990 at the age of 24 after beginning his career as an analyst at Para Partners, L.P. and then serving as an acquisition analyst at Ballantrae Partners, L.P.
Under his leadership for the past 28 years, Steel Partners has grown from a private investment fund with two employees and assets of $600,000 into Steel Partners Holdings L.P., a company through its consolidated holdings employs 13,500 people in 155 plants and facilities in 20 countries with a combined revenue of more than $3.6 billion. Mr. Lichtenstein developed “The Steel Way” business system which was borne out of management and efficiency enhancements such as Six-Sigma and LEAN. This approach brings a singular set of tools to create operational excellence and cost savings which drive improvements to earnings.
Additionally, Mr. Lichtenstein serves as chairman of Steel Sports, Inc., an organization he founded in 2011 focused on transforming and improving the youth sports experience in America. Steel Sports operates and manages participatory and experience-based businesses in the youth sports and exercise marketplace, emphasizing a positive and fun environment while instilling our values of discipline, teamwork, safety, respect and integrity. The Steel Coaching System is implemented with each portfolio company to ensure coaches are educated and prepared to have a positive impact on athletes. Core businesses include: the National Youth Baseball Championship, the country’s premier travel ball championship for ages 9U-14U; Baseball Heaven, a 30-acre baseball complex in Long Island; and UK Elite, one of the largest soccer programs in the country offering programs such as summer camps, coaching services, teams and tournaments.
Mr. Lichtenstein is also executive chairman of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., a company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets.
Mr. Lichtenstein is executive chairman of Steel Connect, Inc. (formerly known as ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc.), which is a provider of supply chain management and direct marketing services. During his career, Mr. Lichtenstein has served as a director of approximately 30 public and private companies.
Mr. Lichtenstein’s philanthropy spans many different areas, but as the proud father of two children, he focuses his efforts on charitable causes that benefit children, education and youth sports. He is a founder and board member of Steel Partners Foundation and Our Kids First Foundation which is dedicated to raising awareness and stimulating conversation about the issues and challenges of childhood including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Steel Partners Foundation supports initiatives to raise awareness of parental alienation. Steel Partners Foundation and the charity Stand Up For Gus, founded by actor Jason Patric, co-hosted a Think Tank on Parental Alienation in the Los Angeles area. The guest speaker was Professor William Bernet, one of the world’s leading experts in parental alienation and Professor Emeritus, professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and an editor of "Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals.”
As an effort to educate the South Bay Community on the dangers of prescription misuse and promote awareness, Steel Partners proudly sponsored South Bay Opioid Awareness week in 2017, in partnership with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. Special guest speaker, James Wahlberg, introduced his short film “If Only” and a panel discussion about loss, prevention, treatment and recovery followed.
Mr. Lichtenstein is an executive producer of the 2014 film “Sister,” which was directed and written by David Lascher. The movie, a selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Fest, raises awareness for children with ADHD.
Most recently, Mr. Lichtenstein announced a ten-year loan of the iconic “LOVE” sculpture by Robert Indiana to the city of Manhattan Beach, California. “LOVE” will be displayed to the public near the Roundhouse Aquarium, which is currently undergoing a $4 million renovation donated in part by Skechers President Michael Greenberg in honor of his son, Harrison.
Mr. Lichtenstein’s Steel Partners Foundation has pledged support to many different charitable organizations benefiting the communities where he lives, children’s causes and other worthy and impactful organizations such as the Aspen Jewish Community Center, the Positive Coaching Alliance’s New York and Los Angeles chapters, as well as University of Pennsylvania, Tulane University and Chadwick School.
Mr. Lichtenstein studied at Tulane University and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.