Rich Wachter

Managing Director

Rich joined Gryphon in 2020 and is a member of Gryphon’s Operations Resources Group and the Human Resources team, where he works with senior executives and teams within the Industrial Growth Group to lead, manage, and facilitate human capital, organizational development, leadership and team effectiveness initiatives. 

Prior to joining Gryphon, Rich spent two decades at Danaher Corporation, where he was the global platform HR Executive for Sensors and Controls and Product Identification, responsible for more than 20 global operating companies. At Danaher he also developed and led leadership development programs for C-Suite Executives, high potentials, and front-line leaders. Prior to Danaher, Rich held various HR leadership roles at Saint–Gobain Performance Plastics, Premier Farnell and Aleris.


B.B.A., University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Strategic Human Resources Certification, Harvard Business School
Alumni in Residence, University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business


Active in national and Chicagoland LBGTQIA+ organizations and is also a board member in a Chicago organization


Elton John, Madison Square Garden, Thanksgiving 1974 with special guest star John Lennon at his last concert performance