Wynnchurch Capital Announces the Promotion of Chris O’Brien to Managing Partner
Rosemont, IL – September 12, 2017 — Wynnchurch Capital, LLC (“Wynnchurch”), is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris O’Brien to Managing Partner.
Mr. O’Brien has over 21 years of private equity investing and corporate advisory experience. He plays a significant role in the ongoing management of Wynnchurch and in all facets of the firm’s investment activities. His experience includes leadership roles in a substantial number of Wynnchurch’s investments during his sixteen years with the firm, including: SafeWorks, Webex, NSC Minerals, US Pipe, Pro-Fab, Humanetics, US Manufacturing, Wolverine Advanced Materials and Latham International. In 2013, Mr. O’Brien was part of the Wynnchurch team recognized by the TMA for their work on U.S. Pipe as a recipient of the Large Turnaround of the Year.
John Hatherly, Wynnchurch’s founder, stated, “Chris has been a key driver to the success we have achieved over the past 17 years. He is highly regarded by the entire Firm and I look forward to transitioning the leadership of the firm to Chris over the next decade.”
Mr. O’Brien originally joined Wynnchurch in 2000 as an Associate shortly after the firm’s founding. He rejoined Wynnchurch in 2005 as a Vice President after earning his M.B.A. and was later promoted to Managing Director and then Partner. Mr. O’Brien earned his B.B.A. in Finance, with honors, from the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A., with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). In addition, Mr. O’Brien served as a board member of Horizons for Youth, a Chicago based volunteer organization whose mission is to enable students from low-resource neighborhoods to become the first in their families to graduate from college.
Wynnchurch Capital is actively investing from its $1.3 billion Fund IV. In June 2017, Wynnchurch acquired Stampede Meat, Inc. Stampede Meat processes and distributes portioned, marinated and cooked beef, chicken, and other protein products for restaurants, retail, home delivery and other channels. Other recent Wynnchurch investments include Rosboro Company, LLC, a leading integrated forest products operation producing a wide variety of products including laminated beams, studs, and veneer; and Texas Hydraulics, a designer and manufacturer of highly engineered hydraulic cylinders and swivels for the global mining, energy, construction, and utility markets.
About Wynnchurch Capital
Wynnchurch Capital, LLC, headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, with offices in California and Canada, was founded in 1999, and is a leading middle-market private equity investment firm. Wynnchurch’s strategy is to partner with middle market companies in the United States and Canada that possess the potential for substantial growth and profit improvement. Wynnchurch Capital manages a number of private equity funds with $2.2 billion of committed capital under management and specializes in recapitalizations, growth capital, management buyouts, corporate carve-outs and restructurings. For more information, please visit: www.wynnchurch.com.