Swander Pace Capital has expanded its team with the hirings of two new vice presidents – Carolyn Hanigan and Alina Costica DiMeglio. Ms. Hanigan provides marketing services and strategic direction for Swander Pace portfolio companies and is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. Ms. DiMeglio joins the firm’s investment staff and will be responsible for transaction sourcing and execution, and portfolio management. She is based in the firm’s New Jersey office.
“We are excited to add Carolyn and Alina, two experienced professionals, to our team at Swander Pace,” said Andrew Richards, managing director. “Carolyn brings an impressive record of successfully implementing marketing and innovation strategies with some of the world’s leading consumer products goods companies. Her global perspective coupled with proven marketing capabilities will be of tremendous value as we help accelerate our portfolio companies’ growth.”
Ms. Hanigan is Vice President of Consumer Marketing for the Swander Pace Capital (SPC) portfolio companies. She first worked with the firm in 2011 through her role as vice president, marketing at SPC portfolio company Merrick Pet Care. In 2013, she founded Maven Branding, a brand consulting agency that worked with other SPC portfolio companies including Wholesome Pet Care, Gilchrist & Soames and gloProfessional. Earlier in her career, Ms. Hanigan was the vice president of marketing for Mars, Inc. and held various management roles at Nestlé, The Clorox Company, and Kraft Foods. Ms. Hanigan graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree and earned her MBA from St. Mary’s College.
Ms. DiMeglio was previously an Associate at Kohlberg & Company and prior to that, spent two years working as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Merrill Lynch. Ms. DiMeglio received her MBA from Wharton and a BS degree in Finance and Management from New York University.
“Alina brings compelling private equity and investment banking experience to our growing deal team in the SPC New Jersey office. Her keen financial instincts and dedication to building relationships will be instrumental in guiding our portfolio companies toward optimal outcomes,” said Mr. Richards.
Swander Pace Capital invests in middle-market consumer products companies including branded and non-branded manufacturers, marketers, and distributors that sell through a range of retail and institutional channels. The firm generally targets companies that have up to $400 million in revenues. SPC has raised over $1.3 billion of equity capital through five private equity funds and has led successful investments in more than 40 consumer products companies. SPC was founded in 1996 and has offices in San Francisco, CA; Bedminster, NJ; and near Toronto in Oakville, ON (www.spcap.com).
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