The Writer



E. Packer Wilbur is retired and was the Chief Executive Officer of Southport Financial Corporation and its affiliates for twenty-five years and, before that, was a consultant with the firm of McKinsey & Company, an Executive with American Express Company and with Newberger, Loeb & Company, and served in the U. S. Army.

Mr. Wilbur is a present or former Trustee or Director of: Embankment Properties Ltd., London; The Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East, Harvard University; The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut; Northfield Mount Hermon School, Northfield, Massachusetts (Trustee & Speer Fellow); The Pequot Library, The Pequot Yacht Club, Pequot Running Club (founder), and Wakeman Memorial Boys & Girls Club, The Southport Conservancy, Southport, Connecticut; The Charter Revision Commission and the Harbor Management Commission, Fairfield, Connecticut; and was an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange. He is the author of numerous published articles on financial and public policy topics.  Mr. Wilbur and his companies have been an investment partner with or advisor to several large companies and/or their pension funds including: The Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, Mitsui (Japan), West LB (Germany), Dallah Albaraka (Saudi Arabia), Kodak, 3M, Xerox and Gannett.

He was a member of the Dean’s International Council of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, the Buck Advisory Council of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, and is a former member of the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Mr. Wilbur was also a member of the Board of Directors of The Winthrop Corporation, the parent company of Wright Investors’ Service, Inc., an investment management and financial advisory firm.


Mr. Wilbur is a graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and of Harvard University with an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School where he was the President of the Student Body (SA).

Memberships & Affiliations

The Yale Club, New York City, The Country Club of Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut; The Pequot Yacht Club and The Pequot Running Club (the founder of the Club and its Thanksgiving Day Five Mile Race), Southport, Connecticut; The Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club, Scotland; The Royal Victorian Aero Club, Melbourne, Australia.


Mr. Wilbur is married, lives in Connecticut, and has three children and nine grandchildren. He is an experienced cruising and racing sailor and holds Private Pilot (aircraft) licenses in the United States and in Australia.  He is the author of Captain Zulu’s Quick Reference for Pilots (