Vestar Capital Partners promotes two to VP

Vestar Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity firm, said Tuesday that it has promoted Michael Gross and Winston Song to vice president. Prior to joining Vestar, Gross worked at Credit Suisse Securities while Song was at Lehman Brothers.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK – January 14, 2014 – Vestar Capital Partners, a leading U.S. private equity firm, today announced the promotions of Michael Gross and Winston Song to vice president.
“Mike and Winston are exceptional professionals,” said Dan O’Connell, CEO of Vestar. “They have each made significant, valuable contributions not only in their investment sector specialties but also to the overall firm’s success. We congratulate them, and look forward to their future contributions for the benefit of our investment partners.”
Mr. Gross, a member of Vestar’s Financial Services and Diversified Industries groups, joined the firm in 2008. Previously, he was a member of the Financial Institutions Group at Credit Suisse Securities, where he advised a diverse set of financial institutions in the bank, insurance, asset management, and financial technology sectors.
He holds a BS degree in Business Administration, with majors in Finance and Accounting, from Indiana University. He also holds an MBA degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Mr. Song works in the Consumer and Healthcare groups at Vestar. He rejoined the firm in 2011 after completing graduate degree studies. He first joined the firm in 2006 from Lehman Brothers’ Global Leveraged Finance Group, where he worked on a variety of M&A and private equity-related high yield and leveraged loan financings. Mr. Song began his career with CSFB Strategic Partners, Credit Suisse’s private equity secondary fund.
He holds a BA degree in Economics-Political Science from Columbia University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
About Vestar Capital Partners
Vestar Capital Partners is a leading U.S. middle-market private equity firm specializing in management buyouts and growth capital investments. Vestar invests in and collaborates with incumbent management teams and private owners in a creative, flexible, and entrepreneurial way to build long-term enterprise value.
Vestar is targeting equity investments in the range of $50 million to $250 million in U.S.-based middle-market companies with enterprise values ranging from $100 million to $1 billion. Vestar has extensive experience investing across a wide variety of industries, including Consumer, Healthcare, Digital Media, Information Services, Diversified Industries, and Financial Services.
Since Vestar’s founding in 1988, Vestar funds have completed 70 investments in companies with a total value of more than $40 billion. For more information, please visit