Ed Rigaud is the Chairman & Owner of EnovaPremier, an automotive supplier of tire & wheel assemblies for new vehicles produced by several OEMs, including Toyota, Hyundai-and GM. EnovaPremier is headquartered in Louisville, KY with manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, and Alabama. EnovaPremier is an MBE supplier, and has received numerous awards for its high quality and just-in-time delivery.
Mr. Rigaud recently created a special purpose acquisition company, Legacy Acquisition Corp, with $300 million in equity to acquire a consumer products busine·”ss to”be named later. Legacy is listed as a public company on the NYSE (NYSE: LGC). Ed serves as Legacy’s Chairman & CEO.
Mr. Rigaud began his 36-year career at Procter & Gamble in 1965 and rose to the level of Vice President in the Food & Beverage Product Division (the second African American VP in P&G’s history). Early in his career in R&D, Ed was the Technical Brand Manager on a new snack product which eventually became Pringle’s. Ed became known for his creative, innovative approaches to the many businesses he helped to lead at P&G. While still at P&G, Ed became the first President & CEO of the $110 million National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which he helped to lead from the early concept phase to its Grand Opening in Cincinnati in 2005. Also, in 2005, Ed Rigaud became the lead investor, and first African American co-owner in the history of the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team.
Ed received BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana (1965} and the University of Cincinnati (1972). He also holds 5 Honorary Doctorate degrees, and has received appointments from the Governor of Ohio and the President of the U.S. He has served on over 20 different Boards, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Ohio Board of Regents, Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, and two Xavier University Boards (in Louisiana and Cincinnati).
Ed was named a “Top Power Broker” by Upscale Magazine, received the Applause Magazine’s “Image Maker Award,” and in 2013, received the Greater Cincinnati Regional Chamber’s most prestigious award as a “Great Living Cincinnatian.” Ed has also created innovative programs in early childhood education and has assisted several African American entrepreneurs to achieve success in their businesses and personal investments.