AUA Announces Three Promotions

AUA Private Equity Partners has promoted Kyce Chihi to managing director, and Jack Lin and Ari David to vice president.

“We are proud to announce the promotion of an exceptional group of professionals that have contributed to our firm’s success over the past years,” said Andy Unanue, managing partner of AUA Private Equity. “These professionals have made significant contributions to our portfolio companies, to our partners, and to the foundation and reputation of AUA Private Equity. They have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to our values and our partnership-first approach to investing.”

AUA Private Equity makes equity investments of $20 million to $75 million in companies that generate at least $5 million of EBITDA.  Sectors of interest include consumer, media and business services with a focus on family-owned businesses and companies benefiting from the growth of the US Hispanic population.

Mr. Chihi is a founding member of AUA and has been involved in several investments on behalf of the firm. He currently serves on the boards of Tijuana Flats Restaurants, a fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurant chain (acquired in July 2015); Raymundos Food Group, a manufacturer of branded and private-label refrigerated desserts (acquired in March 2015); and Indulge Desserts, a manufacturer of premium gourmet desserts (acquired in June 2016). Prior to joining AUA, Mr. Chihi worked at a family office and earlier was an analyst in Deutsche Bank’s leveraged finance group in New York. He has a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Lin has been with AUA since 2012 and currently serves on the board of Water Lilies, a manufacturer of frozen Asian appetizers and entrees (acquired December 2017). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lin worked at an Australian corporate law firm and a private-equity focused management consulting firm. Earlier he was a summer analyst at UBS. Mr. Lin received his BCom in Finance from the University of Sydney and his J.D. from Sydney Law School/Cornell Law School.

Mr. David joined AUA as an MBA intern in 2013 and joined the firm full time in 2015 after completing business school. Earlier in his career, he was an associate with J.P. Morgan Asset Management in its mid-corporate and endowments & foundations group. Mr. David has a BA in Economics from Tufts University and received his MBA from Columbia Business School.

AUA Private Equity Partners was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in New York (www.auaequity.com).

© 2019 Private Equity Professional | March 25, 2019

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