Stein is part of Golden Gate’s retail, restaurant and consumer products group. He joined the San Francisco PE firm on March 5 and is a vice president, a person says. He most recently worked at Huntsman Gay Global Capital where he was a senior associate. He left Huntsman approximately two weeks ago, a different source says. Stein also spent two years at Bain Capital, according to LinkedIn.
A Golden Gate spokeswoman confirmed that Stein joined the PE firm. Golden Gate has an active retail, restaurant and consumer group. Last year, it acquired California Pizza Kitchen for about $470 million. Golden Gate, in 2010, also bought On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina for $180 million. The buyout shop also acquired J. Jill brands from Talbots for a reported $75 million in 2009.