Centerview Capital said Monday that it has hired Brian Ratzan as a partner in its consumer private equity business. Previously, Ratzan worked at Pamplona Capital Management where he served as a partner and head of U.S. private equity.
GREENWICH, Conn., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Centerview Capital today announced that Brian K. Ratzan has joined the firm 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 M. Hooper, co-founder and partner, and James M. Kilts, co-founder and partner.
Prior to joining Centerview, Mr. Ratzan was Partner and Head of U.S. 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.
“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.”
“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.
Mr. Hooper continued, “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.”
About Brian Ratzan
Brian is a partner in Centerview Capital’s consumer private equity business. Prior to joining Centerview Capital, Brian was Partner and Head of U.S. Private Equity at Pamplona Capital Management. Prior to joining Pamplona in 2012, he was Managing Director and Head of Consumer at Vestar Capital Partners, which he joined in 1998. Brian also previously worked at ’21′ International Holdings, a private investment firm, and in the Investment Banking Group at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette.
Brian holds a BA from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
About Centerview Capital
Centerview Capital is a private investment firm that provides capital to high potential consumer and technology companies through separate funds. Centerview Capital’s consumer fund is based in Greenwich, CT and is focused exclusively on making investments in the U.S. consumer industry. With approximately $500 million in committed capital, Centerview’s consumer business seeks to leverage its operational expertise and deep consumer industry relationships in partnership with existing owners and management to achieve strategic and operational excellence. Centerview’s consumer investments include The Nielsen Company, Big Heart Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte Foods), Richelieu Foods and Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. Centerview Capital also operates a technology fund based in San Francisco, CA. More information about the firm is available at www.centerviewcapital.com.