George Marsman Drysdale is Chairman and CEO of the Marsman Drysdale Group, a diversified Philippine-based holding and management company with interests in the agribusiness, healthcare, tourism, communications, and investment management industries. The Group’s current operating interests primarily include tropical fruit plantations (bananas) for export throughout Asia and the Middle East, medical equipment distribution, and corporate travel and tour services.
Mr. Drysdale also makes direct private equity investments in high growth communications, media and consumer beverage companies in the Philippines and in the United States. Since 1994, Mr. Drysdale has been an investor in the San Francisco Giants baseball team.
Prior to joining the Marsman Drysdale Group in 1991, Mr. Drysdale was a venture capitalist, first as General Partner of Hambrecht & Quist Venture Partners of San Francisco (1983-1988), and then as a managing General Partner of Westar Capital, a management buyout firm. From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Drysdale practiced corporate, securities, and tax law for Davis, Polk & Wardwell, a Wall Street law firm.
Mr. Drysdale was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in California and the Philippines. He received a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA) in 1976 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1980. Mr. Drysdale was awarded a White House Fellowship in 1987 and served as Special Assistant to Secretary of Agriculture Richard Lyng.
Mr. Drysdale served three terms as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and three terms as the Chairman of the twenty-six member chambers of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC). He was recently elected for a fourth term as APCAC Chairman in March 2014.
Mr. Drysdale splits his time between Manila, Philippines and Hillsborough, California. He has five children: Catherine (21), Jennifer (19), George (17), Caroline (14), and Jack (9 months) . In his spare time, George enjoys golf, tennis and coaching his children’s sports teams.