Frank Feraco Joins Wynnchurch

Frank Feraco has joined Wynnchurch Capital as an industry operating partner. He is the former president of Pentair Inc.'s Tool Group and, before that, man industrial products for Textron Inc.


Wynnchurch Capital, a Chicago based middle market private equity fund, is pleased to announce the hiring of industry operating partner, Frank J. Feraco.  Mr. Feraco will be instrumental in working to create value within Wynnchurch's existing portfolio companies and advising on new platform investment opportunities.               

Over the past 35 years Frank Feraco has acquired and successfully integrated 28 companies with an aggregate acquisition value of over $3.2 billion.  In addition, Frank has held leadership positions with several manufacturing-oriented, Fortune 500 companies including Emerson Electric Company, Danaher Corporation, Textron, Inc., Pentair, Inc. and The Kohler Company.   Frank's specific leadership roles include several years as the president of Pentair, Inc's $1.2 billion Tool Group.  Before joining Pentair, Frank was president of Textron, Inc's $4.0 billion industrial products segment where he was responsible for a workforce of 26,000 employees and over 100 manufacturing sites.  Frank also previously held the position of president and sector executive of The Kohler Company's International Group and president and CEO of The Kohler Company's Sterling Plumbing Group subsidiary. Additionally, Frank was president of Danaher Corporation's tool manufacturing group and also held several senior leadership positions within Emerson Electric Company over the course of 17 years.

In addition to numerous leadership positions with Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Feraco has sat on the board of directors for a number of industry associations, public and private companies including the American Hardware Manufacturers Association, Flex Gmbh, and Robotooz, a subsidiary of Robert Bosch Corp., among others. 

John Hatherly, Managing Partner of Wynnchurch Capital, stated, “Frank is a true asset to Wynnchurch in terms of his breadth of industry knowledge and hands on operating experience. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Frank.”  Chip Grace, Managing Director at Wynnchurch Capital, added, “After working closely with Frank on a number of projects over the past year, we are thrilled to officially bring him onto the Wynnchurch team.  Frank's depth of expertise and proven track record in working with a variety of mid-market businesses are an excellent match with our investment approach.”

About Wynnchurch Capital: Wynnchurch Capital located in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois with offices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Montreal, Canada was founded in 1999. Wynnchurch Capital is a leading middle-market private equity investment firm which invests in niche manufacturing, business and industrial services, value-added distribution and logistics companies. Wynnchurch's strategy is to partner with middle market companies in the United States and Canada that possess the potential for substantial growth and profit improvement. Wynnchurch Capital manages a number of private equity funds with capital under management in excess of $500 million specializing in management buyouts, recapitalizations, corporate carve-outs, restructurings, turnarounds and growth capital investments. More information on Wynnchurch Capital can be found at