Guardian Capital hires ex-Hershey Co. executive Damien Gresko as a vice president

Gresko also previously worked for Graham Partners as an investor and operating partner. 

Guardian Capital Partners hired Damien Gresko as vice president. Gresko formerly led a variety of strategic initiatives at The Hershey Co., including developing transformation programs and enabling new operating models. Gresko also previously worked for Graham Partners as an investor and operating partner.

Press Release

Guardian Capital Partners is pleased to announce the hiring of Damien J. Gresko as a Vice President. Mr. Gresko brings to Guardian a distinct combination of deal and strategic operating experiences in public and private markets. In addition to deep consumer products and manufacturing expertise, Mr. Gresko has substantial experience across a diverse set of industries and circumstances, leading successful outcomes through all phases of an investment lifecycle, from end-to-end transaction execution through portfolio management and exit.

Most recently, Mr. Gresko led a variety of strategic initiatives to deliver growth, cost savings, and capabilities for The Hershey Company, an $8 billion global consumer company and U.S. market leader in snacking. While at Hershey, Mr. Gresko developed and implemented key transformation programs, contributing to top-quartile financial performance and enabling new operating models, production and process innovation, and reinvestment in the future of the business.

Previously, Mr. Gresko worked for Graham Partners, a middle market private equity firm focused on industrial technology and advanced manufacturing businesses, as both an investor and operating partner. During this time, he evaluated investment opportunities and partnered with portfolio company management teams, serving as a Board Director or Observer at Henry Company and SP Industries. Mr. Gresko began his career as an investment banking analyst at Raymond James & Associates, Inc., advising real estate companies on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and capital raising activities through the Great Recession period.

Mr. Gresko earned his MBA in entrepreneurship and innovation from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and his BSBA in accounting, summa cum laude, from the University of Rhode Island, where he was a four-year letterman and two-time Academic All-American football player.

About Guardian Capital Partners

Located in the Philadelphia suburbs, Guardian Capital Partners is an operationally focused private equity firm that leads control-oriented investments in lower middle-market private companies with annual revenues generally between $20 million and $100 million and EBITDA generally between $3 million and $9 million. Guardian invests in three specific sectors: Consumer Products, Niche Manufacturing and Specialty Business Services. For more information, please visit