John Lynch became governor of New Hampshire on January 7, 2005.

As governor Lynch has has worked on the issues that matter most to New Hampshire families and businesses ­– improving the quality of education, promoting job creation and economic development, reducing health care costs, ensuring public safety and protecting New Hampshire’s environment and natural resources.

As the President and CEO of Knoll, Inc., a national furniture manufacturer, Lynch transformed a company losing $50 million a year into one making a profit of nearly $240 million. He has also served as chair of the University System Board of Trustees, where he worked to keep tuition increases to a minimum; as director of Admissions at the Harvard Business School, where he made ethics one of the criteria for admissions; and as president of the Lynch Group, a business-consulting firm in Manchester.

Working his way through college, Lynch earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1974. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

He and his wife of more than 30 years, Susan, live in Hopkinton, and have three children, Jacqueline, Julia and Hayden.