Platinum Equity is a private equity firm, with billionaire Tom Gores its chief executive officer.
According to the firm’s Internet site, other partners, principals and officers in the firm are:
Johnny Lopez, partner, who directs its mergers and acquisition activities, oversees the entire business development group and serves on the board of directors for all Platinum Equity portfolio companies. Before joining the firm in 1995, he held a variety of senior-level merger and acquisition positions, where he gained expertise in acquiring technology companies.
Philip Norment, partner, is responsible for all aspects of business strategy and operations at its portfolio companies. He is also responsible for evaluation of potential acquisitions and integration into the portfolio. Prior to joining the firm in 1997, he served in a variety of management positions at a major software corporation.
David Anglin, partner, is responsible for the vision, implementation and management of its technology activities and oversees its Mergers and Acquisitions Technology group. Prior to joining Platinum in 1996, he held several senior-level positions in management and engineering with Dun & Bradstreet Software, designing, developing and deploying software.
Rob Archambault, partner, oversees its mergers and acquisitions operations group and evaluates prospective acquisitions by analyzing operations, strategy and overall fit within the portfolio. He also works with management of the acquired firm to set the strategy, budget and transition plan. Prior to joining the firm in 1997, he was part of the Pilot Software acquisition, where he held the positions of vice president of business development, vice president of professional services and vice president of channels/Americas with Pilot Software.
John Diggins, partner, develops strategic sales and marketing programs for the firm’s companies. Prior to joining the firm in 1996, he was chief executive officer for both Pilot Software and Foresight Software, which were acquired by Platinum.
Robert J. Joubran, partner, is responsible for its mergers and acquisitions transition and integration functions for newly acquired companies. He also oversees all treasury activities at Platinum Equity’s corporate entity. He joined Platinum in 1996 from a position as vice president of sales for Banyan Systems.
Eva Kalawski, partner, general counsel and secretary, oversees Platinum’s in-house legal staff and is responsible for addressing legal issues relating to due diligence, mergers and acquisitions and transitions, as well as the legal affairs of its portfolio companies. Before joining the firm in 1997, she was vice president of human resources, general counsel and secretary for Pilot Software Inc.
Mary Ann Sigler is a certified public accountant and chief financial officer. She is responsible for overall accounting, tax and financial reporting as well as managing strategic planning projects for the firm. Before joining the firm in 2004, she was a senior partner at Ernst & Young LLP, an accounting firm.
Brian Wall, partner, is responsible for business development and mergers and acquisitions in Europe. He is also involved in the transition and monitoring of ongoing portfolio company operations. Prior to joining the firm in 2000, he was a U.S. Air Force officer working with defense contractors on acquiring and developing satellite and missile systems for the U.S.
Robert Wentworth, partner, participates in senior level merger and acquisition activities for the company. He was previously president and chief executive officer for the North American operations of Platinum portfolio company NextiraOne, where he led its formation and served as its CEO since its inception in 2001. Before joining Platinum in 1997, he was president and chief executive officer at Alden Electronics Inc.
Mark Barnhill, partner, manages functions connected to business development, investor relations, fund administration and corporate and external affairs for Platinum Equity and Platinum Equity Capital Partners. He leads teams responsible for strategic planning to support mergers and acquisitions business development; corporate communications and external affairs; and transition communications and market planning at newly acquired companies. He also is responsible for administration and investor relations for the firm’s private equity fund. He formerly was a senior partner at Fleishman-Hillard Inc., an international marketing and communications firm. He directed its corporate practice in Los Angeles and managed both domestic and international accounts.
Roger House, principal, oversees all of Platinum’s new acquisition screening efforts. He is responsible for driving growth through acquisitions, analyzing and assessing opportunities, managing the transaction process and working with its business development department to coordinate overall mergers, acquisitions and operations strategy. Before joining the firm in 1997, he was an executive in the office products industry. He also provided consultation and project management services to Gores, Platinum Equity’s chairman and CEO in the formal establishment of Platinum.
Jacob Kotzubei, principal, works directly with Gores, Lopez and the mergers and acquisition team to drive the strategic acquisition and operation of mission-critical companies in Platinum’s portfolio. Before joining the firm in 2002, he was vice president of the high tech group at Goldman Sachs investment firm and was head of the East Coast semiconductor group.
Michael Scott, principal, manages the transition of acquired companies into Platinum Equity’s portfolio. His responsibilities include evaluation of business plans, coordination and evaluation of management teams and the comprehensive review and restructuring of business processes. He also assumes interim executive management positions within new acquisitions as necessary. Before joining Platinum in 2001, he was vice president of operations at Uniteq.
Robert Wymbs, principal, manages strategic divestiture opportunities, working with Platinum’s portfolio management, business development and strategic planning groups to examine potential when to exit and sell companies. Prior to joining Platinum in 2000, he spent four years at the Los Angeles Dodgers and three years at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm.
Matt Young, principal, oversees all financial, operating, technical and legal aspects of a transaction. His responsibilities include management presentations, valuations, due diligence and the negotiation of the definitive purchase and ancillary agreements. Before joining the firm in 2001, he worked in the technology investment banking group at Bear Stearns & Co.
Steve Zollo, principal, heads Platinum’s portfolio asset management group in overseeing all U.S.-based portfolio company operations, finance and overall strategy development. He has more than 20 years of technology-enabled customer service experience with public and privately held companies in the outsourcing, consumer products and travel services industries. Prior to joining Platinum Equity in 2003, he was corporate vice president of operations and technology at Call_Solutions.com.
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