Lawrence Tomlinson was switched on to all things green after getting to know Sir Richard Branson, whom he met when his company LNT Construction made it into The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list. Tomlinson started his working life with diesel engine-manufacturer Cummins, designing components for crankshafts and turbochargers. At the age of 23 he took over the care homes business run by his parents. As the Orchard Care Homes business grew, Tomlinson added a series of sector-related businesses: the LNT group’s construction arm develops purpose-built care homes, while its IT arm, CoolBlue, has become one of the market leaders in the development of bespoke software for the care industry. Tomlinson is also chairman of Ginetta Cars, which is currently designing a battery-electric version of its G50 model, which promises a top speed of 120 mph and a range per charge of 250 miles. In June 2007 he sold the original Orchard Care Home operation to a management buy-out team in a £175m deal. Orchard continues to work with LNT to construct new homes under its construction division. His other assets take him to around £300m in the current climate.
Lawrence Tomlinson - Chairman, LNT Group
From 1987 onwards he has set up and developed the LNT Group, which comprises several companies with commonality of ownership, now creating employment for around 800. In June 2006 as a team owner and driver, Lawrence steered the Team LNT Panoz Esperante to win the GT2 class of the Le Mans 24 hour race.
Batley-born businessman Lawrence Tomlinson features in Rich List for second year running
Apr 28 2009 by Huddersfield Daily Examiner - examiner.co.u
A BATLEY-BORN businessman is racing up the earnings table.
Lawrence Tomlinson, founder and chairman of the LNT Group, which makes the Ginetta sports car, is in 178th place in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List of the UK’s wealthiest people with an estimated fortune of £300m.
He moves up 36 places from his place at 214 in last year’s list – the position now occupied by the Queen!
Mr Tomlinson was brought up in Batley, but now lives in Otley.
Mr Tomlinson attended Batley Grammar school and studied engineering at Huddersfield Technical College before gaining an engineering degree at Bradford University.
He later worked on the graduate trainee scheme at Holset Engineering, now Cummins Turbo Technologies, at Turnbridge.
Mr Tomlinson launched LNT in 1987 – eventually building up a string of businesses together employing 800 people.
His company employs more than 300 people at its headquarters in Garforth, Leeds.
The purpose built offices, which house the Ginetta Cars factory, were opened in 2007 by former F1 world champion Damon Hill.
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Director, Chairman of Audit Committee and Member of Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee, Salesforce.com
Lawrence J. Tomlinson, Larry served as Treasurer of Hewlett-Packard Co. from 1993 to June 2003 and served as its Senior Vice President from 2002 to June 2003. Mr. Tomlinson has a broad global financial and administrative background that includes expertise in controllership, tax, treasury, order fulfillment, information technology, distribution, logistics, and financial strategic alliances. He has extensive management, leadership, and technical competence to enhance Therma-Wave's ... on achieving revenue and margin objectives in this dynamic high technology industry. He was employed at Hewlett-Packard, holding various management and executive positions from 1965 to 2003, where he served as Vice President from 1996 to 2002 and Director of Finance and Administration for its European operations from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Tomlinson was responsible for managing HP's worldwide cash, debt, foreign exchange, capital structure, risk management and benefits-plan administration. During his 38 years at HP, Tomlinson played key financial roles in HP's businesses, customer support and regional operations. Mr. Tomlinson has been a Director of Coherent Inc., since July 22, 2003. He has been a Director of Salesforce.com, Inc., since May 2003. He served as a Director of Cymbolic Sciences, Inc. He served as a Director of Silicon Valley Group Inc., since December 1996 and Therma-Wave Inc. from March 26, 2004 to May 18, 2007. He received a B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
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Lawrence Tomlinson: “The French say that this is a British race run in France”
Jun 13, 2007
Lawrence Tomlinson knew it was going to happen. It was just a matter of time. The leading Porsche at Le Mans last year just had to break, so hard was the beating it took in the opening stages of what would become the first win for Panoz and Team LNT at the world’s premier auto race.
It was nearly a year ago when Tomlinson’s prophecy came to pass. While his Panoz Esperante GTLM had been turning consistent laps hour after hour, the transmission and gearbox of one of the Porsches gave up the ghost and was left stranded while Richard Dean made up five laps and eventually gave Panoz its first win at the historic race and ended a string of Porsche dominance in GT2.
“It’s incredibly special, “ the team owner and driver said looking back. “The fans at Le Mans are so knowledgeable about the race and they’re all real enthusiasts. It means a massive amount. The French say that this is a British race run in France because there are so many Brits out here. We’re a small British team and everyone just went absolutely bananas. “
Not that LNT didn’t have its own tense moments in the closing moments, as Tomlinson describes. But it ended so beautifully with Tomlinson, Dean and Tom Kimber-Smith looking down on the throng of fans from the podium.
Salesforce.com Elects Lawrence Tomlinson to Board of Directors
Hewlett-Packard SVP and Treasurer will also chair salesforce.com's Audit Committee
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - May 14, 2003 - Salesforce.com®, the market and technology leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM), today announced that Lawrence Tomlinson, senior vice president and treasurer for Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), has been elected to salesforce.com's Board of Directors. Tomlinson joins the current board of directors including Marc Benioff, salesforce.com chairman and CEO, Halsey Minor, founder of CNET (NASDAQ: CNET), Craig Ramsey, former vice president of worldwide sales for Siebel Systems (NASDAQ: SEBL), Stratton Sclavos, president and CEO of VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN), and Magdalena Yesil of U.S. Venture Partners. In addition, Tomlinson will become the chairman of salesforce.com's Audit Committee, responsible for picking independent auditors and monitoring compliance with proper financial controls.
"With its market and financial success, salesforce.com has proven that the on-demand model can penetrate the enterprise market," said Tomlinson. "I look forward to working with the company to develop financial strategies to keep pace with its growing dominance in the marketplace."
With over thirty-five years of global financial and administrative experience in a Fortune 15 corporation, Tomlinson has substantial expertise in focusing management on achieving revenue and margin objectives during periods of both double digit and slow growth. Since beginning his career at Hewlett-Packard in 1965, Tomlinson has held management and executive positions in multiple domestic and international divisions with responsibilities spanning controllership, tax, treasury, order fulfillment, information technology, distribution, logistics and financial strategic alliances.
"I am extremely pleased to welcome Larry Tomlinson to our Board of Directors," said Benioff. "As salesforce.com has become profitable, global financial expertise and excellence in corporate governance are critical to our success. We could not have attracted a stronger candidate than Larry for this essential position."
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