Gridiron Gets New Managing Director

Gridiron Capital has hired John Warner as a new managing director. Mr. Warner will be responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, performing due diligence, and participating in the structuring, negotiation, financing and closing of portfolio investments.  He will also work with Gridiron’s portfolio companies on strategic and operating initiatives.

“We have gotten to know John over the years and he demonstrates all of the qualities we look for in a Managing Director,” said Tom Burger, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Gridiron Capital. “In addition to the value he will be adding internally, we know he will represent the firm well as he develops relationships with our portfolio company management teams, Board of Business Executives and limited partners.”

Prior to joining Gridiron, Mr. Warner was a Managing Director at CCMP Capital and its predecessor firms, JPMorgan Partners and Chase Capital Partners. He has served on the boards of numerous companies in the consumer, retail, industrial and energy sectors.  Mr. Warner began his career as a private equity investment professional at Riverside Partners and FS Private Investments and as a strategy consultant at Monitor Company.  He has an MBA from Harvard and a BA in Economics from Brigham Young.

“Not only is John an excellent cultural fit at Gridiron, he brings significant experience and a track record of success investing in and building middle-market businesses,” said Kevin Jackson, Managing Partner. “We are excited to have him join our team and add depth to the firm’s strong team of investment professionals and operators.”

Gridiron Capital invests in manufacturing, service and specialty consumer companies that have EBITDAs from $8 million to $50 million. Sectors of interest include branded consumer, B2B and B2C services, and niche industrial. In October 2016, Gridiron held a final closing of the firm’s third fund, Gridiron Capital Fund III LP, at the hard cap of $850 million. The firm is based in New Canaan, CT (www.gridironcapital.com).

© 2018 Private Equity Professional | August 2, 2018

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