GP Profile: TSG Tries Apparel Deal On For Size

Chuck Esserman of TSG Consumer Partners

TSG Consumer Partners LLC

Founded: 1987

Focus: Branded Consumer Sector

Key officers: Charles “Chuck” Esserman, CEO and Co-Founder; James “Jamie” O’Hara, President and Managing Director

Number of Partners: Nine

Number of investment professionals: 21

Office locations: San Francisco, New York

Assets under management: Over $2.9 billion in equity capital under management

Representative Past/Present Partner Companies: VitaminWater, Smart Balance, PopChips, Muscle Milk, Yard House, Smashbox Cosmetics, Pureology, e.l.f. cosmetics, Paige Denim, Alexis Bittar

TSG Consumer Partners built a stellar track record by remaining true to its roots. For more than two decades, the firm never wavered from its focus on three core consumer segments: food and beverage, personal care and household products. That kind of single-mindedness has paid off with blockbuster investments in companies like VitaminWater, Smart Balance Foods, and Smashbox Cosmetics.

“When you are really successful at what you do there is no reason to do anything else, so why do anything different?” said Chuck Esserman, founder and CEO of TSG. Recently, however, Esserman is not taking his own good advice. ...
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