Brian Ratzan has joined Centerview Capital as a partner in its consumer private equity business. Mr. Ratzan brings 20 years of private equity experience and will co-manage Centerview’s consumer business with David Hooper, co-founder and partner, and James Kilts, co-founder and partner.
“Brian will be a great senior addition to our team. His consumer experience, network and investment judgment are a perfect fit for our firm,” said Mr. Kilts.
Prior to joining Centerview, Mr. Ratzan was Partner and Head of US Private Equity at Pamplona Capital Management. Before Pamplona, he was Partner and Head of Consumer at Vestar Capital Partners, where he worked with Mr. Hooper for many years. Mr. Ratzan holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
“I’m delighted to join the Centerview Capital team,” said Mr. Ratzan. “In a very short period, Centerview has established itself as a leading private equity firm with a distinguished track record in the consumer sector. I look forward to contributing to the firm’s deep sector focus and operating expertise.”
Centerview Capital invests in consumer and technology companies and the firm has approximately $500 million in committed capital. Centerview’s consumer fund is based in Greenwich, CT and is focused exclusively on making investments in the US consumer industry. The firm’s consumer investments include The Nielsen Company, Big Heart Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte Foods), Richelieu Foods and Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. Centerview also operates a technology fund based in San Francisco (www.centerviewcapital.com).
“We have worked with Brian for many years on several significant transactions, most recently Big Heart Pet Brands, formerly known as Del Monte Foods. On a personal level, I’m glad we will have the opportunity to be partners again,” said Mr. Hooper.
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