Michael A. Miles Jr. is joining Berkshire Partners, the Boston investment firm, as an advisory director. Miles joins Berkshire from retailer Staples, where he served as president since 2006 and COO since 2003.
BOSTON, Dec 17, 2012 — Berkshire Partners LLC, the Boston-based investment firm, announced today that Michael A. Miles, Jr. will join the firm as an Advisory Director. Mr. Miles will work with Berkshire to source new investment ideas and serve as an operating advisor to portfolio companies.
Ross M. Jones, Managing Director of Berkshire, said, “Mike joins us with a distinguished track record and his experience will undoubtedly bring significant value to Berkshire and our portfolio companies. A number of us have had the privilege of knowing Mike for over two decades and we are delighted to have him join the firm.”
“Berkshire has a sterling reputation and a renowned partnership culture,” said Mr. Miles. “I look forward to joining the team.”
Mr. Miles comes to Berkshire from Staples, Inc. , the $25 billion office products supplier, where he has been President since 2006 and Chief Operating Officer since 2003. Prior to Staples, Mr. Miles was with PepsiCo and YUM Brands for ten years, ultimately as Chief Operating Officer of Pizza Hut. He began his career at Bain and Company, the Boston-based management consulting firm.
Mr. Miles serves on the Board of Directors for Western Union, Inc., where he is a member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees. He graduated from Yale University and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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Berkshire Partners, the Boston-based investment firm, has invested in over 100 middle market companies since 1986 through eight investment funds with aggregate capital commitments of $11 billion. Berkshire has developed specific industry experience in several areas including consumer products and retail, business services, industrial manufacturing, transportation and communications. Berkshire has a strong history of partnering with management teams to grow the companies in which we invest with the goal of consistently achieving superior investment returns. The firm seeks to invest $50 million to $500 million of equity capital in each portfolio company. For additional information, visit www.berkshirepartners.com .