Stephen Welborn Joins Wynnchurch Capital

Stephen Welborn has joined Wynnchurch Capital, a Chicago-based mid-market PE firm, as a managing director. He previously was COO of Gateway Marketing International.


Wynnchurch Capital, a Chicago based middle market private equity firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen M. Welborn as Managing Director. Steve will support the management teams of Wynnchurch’s portfolio companies in the areas of strategy, organizational development, add-on acquisitions, and implementation of value-added performance metric systems.

Steve’s 25 years of C-level operating experience in finance, sales, operations and marketing will be an invaluable resource to Wynnchurch’s portfolio companies and their continual efforts to improve performance and create value in their businesses. Further, Steve will provide operational support to Wynnchurch’s deal teams when engaged in pre- and post-acquisition planning, merger integration; marketing and communications; and strategic and operational consulting during the due diligence process.

Prior to joining Wynnchurch, Steve most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Gateway Marketing International, a full service direct marketing agency in Chicago. He spent 13 years with AT&T (formerly SBC) in a variety of executive capacities, including Regional Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Marketing, and Vice President of Sales and Service. In addition, Steve’s prior experience includes 10 years in banking, including commercial lending, real estate lending, and structured finance. Finally, he served as Managing Director of Adams Harris, Inc., a VC-funded professional financial services firm in Chicago.

Steve received a B.S.B.A – Finance, cum laude from University of Missouri and an M.B.A. from St. Louis University’s John M. Cook School of Business.

John Hatherly, President and Managing Partner of Wynnchurch Capital commented, “We are happy to have Steve on our team. He is a true asset to Wynnchurch in terms of his breadth of hands-on operating experience.”

About Wynnchurch Capital: Wynnchurch Capital headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois with offices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Montreal and Toronto, Canada was founded in 1999. Wynnchurch Capital is a leading middle-market private equity investment firm which invests in niche manufacturing, business and industrial services, value-added distribution and logistics companies. Wynnchurch’s strategy is to partner with middle market companies in the United States and Canada possess the potential for substantial growth and profit improvement. Wynnchurch Capital manages a number of private equity funds with capital under management in excess of $500 million specializing in management buyouts, recapitalizations, corporate carve-outs, restructurings, turnarounds and growth capital investments. More information on Wynnchurch Capital can be found at