Fireman Capital Partners has promoted Chris Akelman to principal and Ekta Sharma to vice president. Akelman joined the consumer-focused growth equity firm in 2012 while Sharma came on board in 2014.
Waltham, MA – July 20, 2017 – Fireman Capital Partners (“FCP”), a consumer-focused growth equity firm, today announced that it has promoted Chris Akelman to Principal and Ekta Sharma to Vice President.
“We are pleased to announce the promotion of two highly talented members of the Fireman Capital team,” said Dan Fireman, Managing Partner of FCP. “Both Chris and Ekta have been instrumental in the success of our firm, and these promotions are a testament to their strong work-ethic, investment expertise and valuable insight. We look forward to their continued success.”
Since joining Fireman Capital Partners in 2012, Mr. Akelman has been responsible for evaluating and executing new investment opportunities and supporting FCP’s portfolio companies. He is a Board Member at Oskar Blues Brewery Holdings, Surfside Holdings and IdeaPaint and was a Board Observer at Skip Hop prior to its sale to Carter’s. Prior to joining FCP, Mr. Akelman was an Associate in the Private Equity division of GB Merchant Partners where he identified and evaluated turnaround opportunities. Prior to joining GBMP, Mr. Akelman worked in the Global Consumer Group at Barclays Capital.
Ms. Sharma joined Fireman Capital Partners in 2014 as an Associate. Prior to joining FCP, Ms. Sharma was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Global Consumer & Retail Group at Citigroup, where she focused on advisory work in transactions including merger and acquisitions, debt financings and equity raises for public and private companies across multiple industries including consumer products, retail, homebuilding and building products.
About Fireman Capital Partners (FCP)
Fireman Capital Partners invests in consumer-focused companies through both growth equity and buyout transactions. The private equity firm focuses on dynamic consumer businesses with revenues between 30MUSD and 150MUSD, who also have a unique vision, strong product and market share, and sound management. FCP leverages its capital, extensive network, and deep operating expertise to add substantial value. The firm is currently invested in Oskar Blues Brewery Holdings, Idea Paint, and Surfside Coffee Company, with realized investments in Hudson Jeans, Evolution Fresh, Serena and Lily, Newton, and Skip Hop.