Compass Hires Katie Melzer

Compass Diversified has hired Katie Melzer as a managing director and head of business development.

Prior to joining Compass Diversified (CODI), Ms. Melzer spent more than 15 years at Robert W. Baird, most recently serving as a director in the firm’s consumer investment banking group. At Baird, she worked with private equity firms and multinational companies on sell-side, buy-side, and financing transactions.

Ms. Melzer will work with CODI’s investment team to develop and maintain relationships with intermediaries across the country and she will also work with CODI’s portfolio companies to pursue opportunistic add-on acquisitions.

“Katie brings a wealth of skills and experience in senior roles, and we are pleased to welcome her to CODI’s growing team,” said Elias Sabo, the CEO of Compass Diversified. “Leveraging our patient and disciplined investment approach and significant balance sheet strength, we are poised to execute on compelling opportunities in this dislocated market and are keenly focused on growing CODI’s leading businesses through opportunistic acquisitions. With a proven track record, significant M&A execution expertise, and deep industry relationships, I am confident that Katie is the right person to lead our business development initiatives.”

In 2016, Ms. Melzer was named to Sporting Goods Business magazine’s “40 Under 40” list. She received her MBA from the UCLA and her undergraduate degree in organizational management from the University of Michigan.

“I am excited to join CODI at a time when the company’s permanent capital structure continues to differentiate them from other traditional private equity investors,” said Ms. Melzer. “I look forward to working closely with the company’s seasoned investment team as we partner with CODI’s subsidiaries across the branded consumer and niche industrial sectors to drive strategic long-term growth and maximize value for all stakeholders.”

Compass Diversified (NYSE: CODI) is a private equity firm specializing in acquisitions, buyouts, and middle-market investments. The firm invests between $75 million and $700 million in companies that have EBITDA of at least $10 million. Sectors of interest include niche industrial or branded consumer companies that are headquartered in North America. Compass went public in 2006 and is based in Westport, Connecticut.

Private Equity Professional | September 15, 2020

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