Prior to becoming ambassador, Wood was co-founder and CEO of Hanley Wood LLC, the leading media company in the construction industry and one of the ten largest business-to-business media companies in the U.S.
Wood and private equity sponsor Veronis Suhler Stevenson sold Hanley Wood to JPMorgan Partners (now CCMP Capital) on August 1, 2005 and at that time he left the company and its board to become ambassador.
In addition to his investing activities at Redwood, Wood is on the Board of Trustees for The American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York and the Board of Directors of Capital Partners for Education in Washington, DC.
Wood grew up in Flint, Michigan and graduated from Yale in 1969. On June 13, 2009 he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Kettering University in Flint for his work as ambassador.
Wood enjoys biking and golf. He and his wife Judy have two grown children, Mike and Kim, and 8 grandchildren. The family lives in Washington, DC and Rehoboth, Delaware.