Vestar Capital promotes one to principal and three to VP

Vestar Capital Partners has promoted four of its staff. Winston Song will now be a principal while Nikhil Bhat, Matt Dubbioso and Alex Kerr have been upgraded to vice presidents.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK – February 4, 2016 – Vestar Capital Partners, a leading U.S. private equity firm, today announced the promotions of four professionals of the firm. Winston Song has been promoted to principal, and Nikhil Bhat, Matt Dubbioso and Alex Kerr have been promoted to vice presidents

“These promotions are well-deserved, and we are pleased to recognize these valued members of the team,” said Dan O’Connell, CEO of Vestar. “We look forward to even greater contributions from them in their new roles.”

A member of the Firm’s Consumer group, Mr. Song first joined Vestar in 2006 from Lehman Brothers’ Global Leveraged Finance Group. He rejoined Vestar in 2011 after receiving his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Song began his career with CSFB Strategic Partners, Credit Suisse’s private equity secondary fund. He holds a BA in Economics-Political Science from Columbia University.

Mr. Bhat, a member of the Firm’s Diversified Industries Group, joined Vestar in September 2014 as a senior associate. He previously worked on the Industrials team at Advent International, and began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company. Mr. Bhat received a B.S. in Economics, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and earned his M.B.A. with distinction as an Arjay Miller Scholar from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Dubbioso, a member of the Firm’s Healthcare Group, joined the firm in 2011 as an associate. Prior to Vestar, Matt was an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he spent time in both the Technology and Media & Telecom groups. Matt graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management.

Mr. Kerr joined Vestar in September 2014 as a senior associate in the Firm’s Diversified Industries Group. Prior to joining Vestar, he was an associate at Madison Dearborn Partners. Mr. Kerr previously held analyst positions at Merrill Lynch and Citigroup. He holds a B.S., cum laude, from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and an M.B.A. 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 currently managing approximately $5 billion in capital. Specializing in management buyouts and growth capital investments, Vestar invests and collaborates with incumbent management teams and private owners in a creative, flexible, and entrepreneurial way to build long-term enterprise value. Vestar has extensive experience investing across a wide variety of industries including Consumer, Healthcare, Diversified Industries, and Financial Services. Since Vestar’s founding in 1988, Vestar funds have completed 75 investments in companies with a total value of more than $40 billion. For more information, please visit