Our Leadership, Advisory Board and Executive Network
The intellectual capital and industry presence that powers our firm
As investment bankers, corporate directors, private equity investors and operating executives, we have learned that fulfilling the needs of corporate clients often requires much more than just capital. Typically, boards, shareholders, business owners and management teams need new perspectives and bold, actionable ideas—the kind of intellectual capital that helps accelerate value creation.
That is why we have organized Current Capital Partners the way we have: in addition to our highly experienced internal professional team, we have an actively participating Advisory Board consisting primarily of retired executives and bankers, and we have also built a large Executive Network of respected business leaders. Together, we proactively provide our clients with timely insights that address critical issues.
Current Capital Partners’ Leadership
Jonathan F. Foster
Founder and Managing Director
Jon has spent some 30 years primarily as an investment banker and private equity investor at major firms focused on industrial and business services companies. He has also served on numerous boards of directors and has operating experience. His private equity background includes serving as a Managing Director and member of the Management and Executive Committees at Cypress Group, a $3.5 billion private equity firm, and as Executive Vice President at Revolution Living, part of the investment effort established by Steve Case, the Co-Founder of AOL. Jon spent most of his investment banking career at Lazard, ultimately as a Managing Director, focused on mergers and acquisitions and financial sponsors. He has been on more than 20 boards of directors, ranging from smaller private companies to several Fortune 500 companies. He has also been an expert witness in major corporate litigation. Jon speaks and writes regularly on mergers and acquisitions, finance and governance issues.
Kevin J. Smith
Managing Director, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Business
Kevin has spent over 25 years as an investment banker focused primarily on industrial, services and consumer products companies in the public and private markets. He has particular expertise helping large family businesses, entrepreneurs, executives and companies evaluate strategic financial options. Kevin also works extensively with private equity firms. He started his career at JP Morgan Chase and was Head of Diversified Industrials at Wachovia Securities (later Wells Fargo). More recently, he drove the build-out of the Industrial Investment Banking Business at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in New York.
Larry G. Wash
Larry has spent over 25 years as a senior executive in the industrial services industry. With extensive experience running global organizations, Larry is skilled at developing strategic direction and implementing operational improvements to profitably grow businesses. He was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for KONE Americas and served as a member of KONE’s Executive Board. Prior to joining KONE, Larry was President of Global Services for the Climate Solutions and Trane divisions of Ingersoll Rand with full responsibility for the management of their services businesses. Before joining Ingersoll Rand, Larry held senior positions responsible for the strategic and operational plans at each of Trane Building Services and Xerox Corporation. Larry continues to be a well-respected thought leader, published author and speaker on smart buildings, services innovation, solution selling and emerging IoT services.
Our Advisory Board: A Uniquely Valuable Resource
Our Advisory Board actively supports our efforts in a number of important ways:
Identifying Quality Executives
With their deep industry presence, our Advisory Board Members are well-positioned to identify effective executive talent.
Sourcing Investment Opportunities
Our Advisory Board Members have deep networks and are often able to spot quality companies that are poised for growth but undervalued.
Performing Due Diligence
These experienced operating executives can often identify difficult challenges and ask the right questions.
Working Directly with Our Clients
Members of our Advisory Board work directly with clients and our portfolio companies.
Advisory Board Members
Former Senior Vice President Strategy & Investor Relations, Tyco
Former Chief Executive Officer, Arby’s Restaurant Group; Former Board Director, O’Charley’s, Sonic Corp., Bob Evans Farms, Quiznos
Chief Consumer Officer, Humana, Inc.; Former Chief Brand Officer, Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.
Board Director, Willis Towers Watson, Kraton Corporation, HollyFrontier Corporation, and Frontdoor, Inc.
Former President of Europe, Emerson Electric Co.
Former Chairman & Chief Executive, Sonitrol and Former President & Chief Executive Officer, Checkpoint Systems
Salvatore D. Fazzolari
Former Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Harsco Corporation
Former President of Flexible Packaging and Health, Hygiene and Specialties North America, Berry Global Group, Inc.
Ernst A. Hȁberli
Former President, Gillette International and Former Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Fort James
Former President and Chief Executive, Menasha Corporation
Former Senior Vice President & Director of Corporate Development, ITT
Eileen A. Kamerick
Former Chief Financial Officer, Press Ganey Associates, Houlihan Lokey, Tecta America and Heidrick & Struggles
Patrick V. Kelly
Former Chief Financial Officer, Bridger LLC, The Gavilon Group and Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.
Former Partner – Automotive Practice, McKinsey
Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
James Risher (in memoriam)
Former Chief Executive, Del Global, BlueStar Battery and Exide Electronics
Chief Operating Officer, Superheat FGH Services Inc. and Former Chief Executive Officer, Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp.
Former President, Diamond Resorts and Former Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Former Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Visteon Corporation, United Rentals and Federal Mogul
Former Group President, Masco
Former Executive Vice President & General Counsel, United Technologies
Our Executive Network
Given our decades of experience in the industrial and services sectors and our three lines of business, we have developed a broad network of relationships with operating and finance executives. Many of these executives have become part of our Executive Network. While typically not involved with us as regularly as our Advisory Board Members, these individuals make valuable contributions to our work: they provide introductions, offer perspectives on given situations, sit on boards and do many other things that heighten the impact of our client service and investing efforts.
Here is a selected list of companies with which our Executive Network Members are or have been associated…