Huntsman Gay Appoints Managing Partner and Promotes

Huntsman Gay Global Capital has appointed Jim Learner as a managing partner. The middle-market private equity has also promoted three current executives to principal.


In a move to continue to build its team and experience, Huntsman Gay Global Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm, today announced the official appointment of Jim Learner as a Managing Partner, and the promotion of three current executives to Principal.

During a 25-year career at global law firm Kirkland & Ellis, Learner principally represented private equity funds in over 200 transactions involving acquisitions, divestitures, financings and fund formation activities, and was a member of its 15-person firm-wide Management Committee. He was most recently in charge of the firm’s European operations, working from London on U.S., European and global transactions. Learner earned an AB cum laude in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1984 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1987.

An Active 2012
The personnel moves come during a busy 2012 for Huntsman Gay. In the past 10 months the firm completed acquisitions of Citadel Plastics Holdings, Inc., a major global plastics composites company, and Innovative Interfaces, a library technology and services leader. In August, the firm sold Sunquest Information Systems Inc., a leading laboratory information systems provider, to Roper Industries (NYSE) for $1.4 billion.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jim and add his talents to our strong, diverse team,” said Managing Partner Gary Crittenden. “In addition to his executive leadership experience, Jim’s broad global network will be valuable as we continue to help our U.S. portfolio companies expand globally. Having worked on our transaction that merged Montreal-based iCongo with Munich-based hybris Software, Jim already has a great understanding of our strategy.”

“I’m excited to move into the business side of private equity with the great team at Huntsman Gay, whom I have known and worked with for many years,” Learner said. “Huntsman Gay has continually excelled in helping its portfolio companies seize global market opportunities and I look forward to contributing my international experience to both deal making and portfolio company development.”

Three Promoted to Principal
Huntsman Gay also announced that it has promoted three Senior Vice Presidents—Jacob Hodgman, Hudson Smith and Neil White—to Principal. Hodgman and Smith are based in the firm’s Palo Alto office while White is based in the firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida office.

“Overall, 2012 was a strong year for the growth of our portfolio companies and these promotions recognize the contributions they have made to our businesses, as well as their value to the firm,” Crittenden stated. “With young, accomplished professionals like Jake, Hudson and Neil, we’re confident Huntsman Gay will continue to be a top performer for many years to come.”

Hodgman has been with the firm since its inception in 2007 and sits on the Boards of Directors of portfolio companies Innovative Interfaces and Hollander. Prior to joining Huntsman Gay, Hodgman worked at Sorenson Capital, where he focused on a wide range of investments in the middle market; and as a senior analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Citigroup where he focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions. Hodgman earned a BS in Finance from Brigham Young University.

Smith, who came to Huntsman Gay in 2009, has been involved in the firm’s investments in iQor, Mama Rosa’s, Sunquest and hybris, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to Huntsman Gay, Smith was a manager at Bain & Company in the Dallas and Sydney, Australia offices, working with companies in business services, software, telecommunications, aerospace, consumer products and private equity. He previously served as an investment banking analyst and associate at Lincoln International, which specializes in mergers and acquisitions and raising private capital. Smith earned a BS in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

White joined Huntsman Gay in 2009 and has worked on investments including iQor and Gee Holdings, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. Before joining Huntsman Gay, he worked in the private equity group at Och-Ziff Capital Management and at Bain Capital where he was involved with the acquisitions of CRC Health Group, Toys R Us, and SunGard Data Systems. He started his career at the Boston Consulting Group in Dallas. White earned a BA in Economics, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University, where he graduated first in his class.

About Huntsman Gay Global Capital
Huntsman Gay Global Capital is a private equity firm that brings experience to the middle market—offering all the advantages of both a strategic and a financial buyer in one firm. The firm focuses on middle market leveraged buyouts and growth equity investments.