J.W. Childs Associates Announces Promotions, New Hires

Buyout shop J.W. Childs Associates has promoted Todd Fitzpatrick from Vice President of Finance to Chief Financial Officer and Hemanshu Patel from Senior Associate to Vice President, the firm announced Wednesday. The firm also recently added Jeffrey Miller as a Vice President. Miller joined from Sawaya Segalas & Co., a New York-based investment bank.

PRESS RELEASE
J.W. Childs Associates, L.P., a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations of middle-market growth companies, today announced the promotions of Todd Fitzpatrick from Vice President of Finance to Chief Financial Officer and Hemanshu Patel from Senior Associate to Vice President, and the recent hiring of Jeffrey Miller as a Vice President. Mr. Fitzpatrick oversees financial reporting, accounting and fund administration for J.W. Childs. Mr. Miller and Mr. Patel are primarily responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence and analysis of new investment opportunities and monitoring of portfolio companies.
Mr. Fitzpatrick joined J.W. Childs in 2012. He was previously the CFO at Nexus Medical & Technology Capital, a Boston-based private equity firm. From 1994 to 1998, he was with Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Fitzpatrick received a B.A. degree from Bowdoin College and M.B.A. and M.S.A. degrees from Northeastern University.
Mr. Miller joined J.W. Childs from Sawaya Segalas & Co., a New York-based investment bank focused on consumer M&A. He was previously in the Retail and Consumer Products Practice of L.E.K. Consulting, an international strategy consulting firm. Mr. Miller received an A.B. in Economics, cum laude, from Harvard University.
Mr. Patel joined J.W. Childs in 2007 as an Associate. Previously, he was an investment banker at Citi, where he focused on the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Patel received a B.S. degree in Finance, magna cum laude, from Rutgers University.
“We are very pleased to announce Todd’s and Hemanshu’s well-deserved advancements, and to welcome Jeff to the J.W. Childs team,” said Jeff Teschke, Partner, J.W. Childs Associates. “Todd has nearly 20 years of directly applicable financial management experience. He will play a critical role in continuing to drive growth at J.W. Childs. Jeff and Hemanshu both have notable experience in our industry sectors of focus. Their expertise will prove valuable as we seek new investment opportunities and continue to implement our operationally-focused value creation strategy.”
About J.W. Childs Associates, L.P.
J.W. Childs is a Boston-based private equity firm focused on investing in middle-market growth companies in the consumer products, specialty retail and healthcare sectors. Since its inception in 1995, J.W. Childs has invested more than $3 billion of equity capital in 40 platform companies including Advantage Sales & Marketing, Bass Pro Shops, Beltone Electronics, Brookstone, CHG Healthcare Services, Esselte, Joseph Abboud, Mattress Firm, Meow Mix, Pinnacle Foods, Sheridan Healthcare, Sunny Delight, The Tile Shop, Universal Hospital Services and W/S Packaging.