GenNx360 Capital hires former Harley-Davidson manager Akoma

GenNx360 Capital Partners has hired Latasha Akoma as an operating partner to focus on performance, operational efficiency and profitability across the firm’s portfolio companies as well as working with the deal team to identify new opportunities. Most recently, Akoma held several management positions at Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

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GenNx360 Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in middle market business-to-business industrial and business services companies, announced today that Latasha M. Akoma has joined as Operating Partner effective February 17, 2014. Latasha reports to Lloyd G. Trotter, Founding and Managing Partner. Latasha will focus on driving strong performance, operational efficiencies and profitability across the GenNx portfolio companies in addition to working with its deal team to identify and evaluate new opportunities.

Latasha is a detailed and process oriented professional with over 19 years of managerial experience leading safety, quality, cost and customer service improvements, certified in applying Lean Six Sigma applications in production settings. She brings strong leadership, management, and technical experience in executing business strategies to achieve operational excellence. Most recently, Latasha held several management posts at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. She joined as Director of Manufacturing Operations in 2009, with responsibility for a 425,000 sq. ft. facility which included five production areas and a 120,000 sq. ft. Material Velocity Center. She quickly advanced to the position of General Manager in 2011 where she was responsible for two facilities encompassing 192,000 sq. ft. over 96 acres. Prior to joining Harley-Davidson, Latasha was Senior Manager of Paint Operations at Chrysler (formerly DaimlerChrysler) where she held a variety of increasing senior leadership positions in operations and general management.

Latasha holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Energy & Robotics from Howard University and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Michigan.

“Latasha is an extremely talented leader who has extensive experience in running and growing industrial manufacturing companies. Her skill set and extensive manufacturing experience bring immediate value to our investments as we grow those businesses in their targeted industries,” said Lloyd G. Trotter, Founder and Managing Partner at GenNx360. “We look forward to leveraging her expertise in a range of opportunities as we build strong and profitable businesses.”

“As I considered the next stage of my career, private equity was of keen interest. GenNx stood out among its peers for its unique strategy and its focus on industrial manufacturing and business services, integrating operations and financial executives throughout its investment process, from sourcing to value creation to exit.” said Latasha. “I am excited to join the team and leverage my experience in acquiring and growing industrial and business services companies.”

About GenNx360 Capital Partners
GenNx360 Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused on investing in industrial business-to-business companies in the middle market. It applies years of Fortune 50 operational and leadership experience to these investments to help drive growth and value creation. The firm primarily focuses on opportunities in the industrial machinery and components, oil and gas, transportation and logistics, agricultural, specialty chemicals, and aerospace sectors. GenNx360 was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in New York City, with additional offices in Seattle and Boston.

For more information about GenNx360, please visit: www.gennx360.com

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