Investment banker Frederick O. Terrell was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1952. He was raised in La Puente, California. Terrell graduated with his B.A. degree from La Verne University in 1976; after graduation, he was selected by the Coro Foundation for its public affairs fellowship program for 1977. Terrell attended Occidental College, where he earned his M.A. degree in urban studies before enrolling in the Yale School of Management, where he received his M.B.A. in 1982.
Prior to rejoining Credit Suisse in June 2010, Terrell was managing partner and chief executive officer of Provender Capital Group, LLC, a private equity investment and advisory firm based in New York and focused on investments in financial services, consumer and retail products, business services and media. Prior to founding Provender in 1998, Terrell was a managing director with Credit Suisse First Boston, where he began his career as an associate in 1983. In addition to serving as head of the Mortgage Finance department, he gained broad interdisciplinary experience at senior levels within investment banking and fixed income.
Terrell is a former member of the board of directors for the New York Life Insurance Company, where he served as chairman of the Investment Committee and as a member of both the Compensation and Operations committees. He is also a former member of the board of directors of Wellchoice prior to its sale to Wellpoint in 2005, and Carver Bancorp, Inc. where he served as chairman of the board. He is currently a member of the University Council of Yale University, and is a member of the board of advisors of the Yale School of Management, at which he gave the commencement address in 2002. Terrell is a past chairman of the board of the Coro New York Leadership Center, a national leadership training institute. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for the City of New York, New York City Investment Fund and Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York. In 2011, Terrell was re-named as one of Black Enterprise magazine’s “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street,” and in 2012 named as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” by Savoy magazine.
Frederick O. Terrell was interviewed for The HistoryMakers on July 14, 2013.