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.

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

Ed Arditte 

Former Senior Vice President Strategy & Investor Relations, Tyco

Allen Chan 

Former Chief Executive, International Mining Machine; Former President Asia Pacific, SIRVA; Former President Asia Pacific, Ingersoll Rand

Stephen Cortinovis

Former President of Europe, Emerson Electric Co.

Kevin Dowd 

Former Chairman & Chief Executive, Sonitrol and Former President & Chief Executive Officer, Checkpoint Systems

Salvatore D. Fazzolari 

Former Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Harsco Corporation

Larry Goldstein

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

Arthur Huge 

Former President and Chief Executive, Menasha Corporation

Martin Kamber 

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.

Glenn Mercer 

Former Partner – Automotive Practice, McKinsey

Matthew Rhodes-Kropf 

Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

James Risher 

Former Chief Executive, Del Global, BlueStar Battery and Exide Electronics

Darryl Schimeck

Chief Operating Officer of Superheat FGH Services Inc. and Former Chief Executive Officer, Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp.

Marty Welch 

Former Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Visteon Corporation, United Rentals and Federal Mogul

John Wills 

Former Group President, Masco

Timothy J. Winfrey

Former Vice President of Energy Systems and Controls, Roper Industries Inc.

Irv Yoskowitz 

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…

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