HKW promotes two

Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company has promoted Kent W. Robinson as a principal of operations and Ryan M. Grand as a vice president of deal generation. The appointments became effective July, 18, 2016. Robinson first joined HKW as a vice president of operations in April 2015 while Grand came on board as a manager of deal generation in April 2014.


Indianapolis, IN –Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, Inc. (“HKW”) announced two promotions, effective July 18, 2016. “We are excited to see Kent and Ryan take the next step in their careers at HKW. They have proven themselves to be valuable members of the Operations and Deal Sourcing teams. We look forward to their continued success here at HKW,” said Ted Kramer, President & CEO of HKW.

Kent W. Robinson, now a Principal, Operations, joined HKW as a Vice President, Operations in April 2015. He works with HKW portfolio companies on improvement opportunities and support projects. Prior to joining HKW, Kent served in several management and executive leadership roles in finance, manufacturing, sales & marketing and as COO of a high-security division within Stanley Security, a division of Stanley Black & Decker. Kent also previously worked for JohnsonDiversey and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in various supply chain and finance roles. Kent earned his B.S.I.E. at Purdue University and his M.S.M. (M.B.A.) at the Purdue University Krannert School of Management.

Ryan M. Grand, now a Vice President, Deal Generation, joined HKW as a Manager, Deal Generation in October 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Ryan worked as an investment banker in the public finance sector at both Jefferies LLC and Mesirow Financial. He earned his B.A. at Wabash College and graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with his M.B.A.

About HKW: HKW is a private equity firm founded in 1903 with offices in Indianapolis and New York. Since 1982, HKW has sponsored 51 platform transactions of lower middle-market companies throughout North America as well as 56 add-on acquisitions. For further information on HKW, please visit