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On the Move: Summer 2024

A look at the latest hires and promotions from the Summer 2024 issue of Middle Market Executive

On the Move: Summer 2024
Jeremy Wright

Princeton, New Jersey-based private equity firm Princeton Equity Group hired Jeremy Wright to be an operating partner. In his new role, Wright will provide tactical support to Princeton’s portfolio companies, collaborating closely with management teams to spearhead strategic and operational initiatives.

This section of the report originally appeared in the Summer 2024 issue of Middle Market Executive.

Wright previously served as an operating partner at Atlantic Street Capital. During his time there, he supported service sectors, including pool service, HVAC, medical supply and aftermarket automotive services. Wright began his career as a management consultant at AlixPartners, where he identified and executed operational improvement initiatives for multi-unit retail and distribution companies.

Jim Wiegmann
Jim Wiegmann and Sudeep Shetty

New York-based private equity firm One Rock Capital Partners recently appointed Jim Wiegmann and Sudeep Shetty to its team of operating partners.

Before One Rock, Wiegmann was CEO of OLM Food Solutions, a former One Rock portfolio company that was sold to a strategic buyer in July 2023 under his leadership. Prior to OLM, Wiegmann held executive roles at Pro-Pet, Snack Alliance and Musco Family Olive Company. He also worked at Nestle USA, Frito Lay and Del Monte.

Based in London, Shetty will be tasked with enhancing One Rock’s capabilities in information technology and business transformation across its U.S. and European portfolio companies. Before joining One Rock, he served as chief information and transformation officer at Britvic Soft Drinks, a global beverage company, where he oversaw global IT, transformation, factory engineering, and data and analytics. He also was head of projects and programs at Jack Wills, head of omnichannel operations at Selfridges & Co., and e-commerce program manager at Marks and Spencer.

Brian Lafemina

Beavercreek, Ohio-based private investment firm Arctos appointed Brian Lafemina as an operating partner. In his new role, Lafemina will guide sourcing opportunities, augment Arctos’ value-add capabilities, and serve as a strategic advisor through the Arctos Operating Platform.

Lafemina has worked for more than 30 years in sports operations and revenue leadership. He spent 20 years at The Madison Square Garden Co., where he led business operations for sports franchises, including the New York Rangers, New York Knicks and New York Liberty. He also played a pivotal role in the $1 billion renovation of The Garden.

Prior to joining Arctos, Lafemina served as chief business officer for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games Organizing Committee and as president of the Washington Commanders football club. His earlier achievements include founding the National Football League’s Club Business Development department, where he engineered custom business solutions to enhance brand and commercial growth across all 32 NFL clubs.

Andy Myers

Lehi, Utah-based eLuma, a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company and provider of online special education and mental health services, has appointed Andy Myers as CEO.

Previously, Myers served as president and CEO of Waterford, a nonprofit organization known for integrating learning science with mentoring and technology to enhance early education. Before Waterford, he was the chief strategy officer at Renaissance Learning and held key positions at Scientific Learning and Pearson.

Jessie Woolley-Wilson
Jessie Woolley-Wilson

San Francisco-based Owl Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in the education technology sector, recently hired Jessie Woolley-Wilson as an operating partner.

Woolley-Wilson’s career spans over 20 years in the education technology space. She is the former CEO and president of DreamBox Learning, a company within Owl Ventures’ portfolio since 2015 that was acquired by Discovery Education in 2023.

Her new responsibilities at Owl Ventures involve identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities, providing strategic guidance and mentorship to portfolio companies and participating actively on their boards. She serves on the boards of Owl Ventures portfolio companies Quizlet and Class Technologies

Before DreamBox, Woolley-Wilson served as president of Blackboard’s K-12 Group and LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the K-12 division of LeapFrog Enterprises. She also has held leadership positions at collegeboard.com, the interactive division of The College Board, and at Kaplan.

Patrick O’Keefe

Princeton, New Jersey-based Edison Partners, a growth equity investment firm, appointed Patrick O’Keefe as an operating partner.

O’Keefe joins Edison to enhance the Edison Edge value creation platform. His role will focus on scouting new investment opportunities within healthcare technology and advising portfolio company executives on leadership and strategic market entry.

Before joining Edison Partners, he was the chief revenue officer at Zelis, a healthcare technology solutions company. At Edison Partners, he led enterprise sales and client management for more than seven years.

His previous roles include senior executive positions at Anthem, United HealthGroup, and Oxford Health Plans.

O’Keefe also currently serves on the boards of Healthcare Recovery Solutions and Ringmaster Technologies, bringing a deep understanding of the operational challenges and growth strategies within the sector.

Farrukh Bezar
Farrukh Bezar

Greenwich, Connecticut-based Littlejohn & Co., a private investment firm, hired Farrukh Bezar as an operating advisor.

Bezar, who has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, previously held the position of senior vice president and chief strategy officer at CSX Corp. There, he was instrumental in leading strategic growth initiatives.

In his new role at Littlejohn, Bezar will collaborate with the firm’s transportation and logistics team to identify promising investment opportunities and assist logistics portfolio companies in refining their market strategies, fostering growth and boosting profitability.

Before CSX, Bezar founded Lynwood Partners, an advisory firm specializing in transportation and logistics. He also held roles at Clarendon, Booz Allen Hamilton and A.T. Kearney. Earlier in his career, he worked in sales and marketing at CSX, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Co., and as a financial analyst at Chase Manhattan Bank.

Jordi Pujol

San Diego-based Objective Investment Banking & Valuation, a firm focusing on M&A and valuation advisory services for middle-market companies, promoted Jordi Pujol to managing director, valuation.

Based in Los Angeles, Pujol will continue to spearhead the firm’s growth initiatives and provide valuation expertise to clients both in California and across the nation.

Before joining Objective, where he has worked for the past two years, Pujol was a senior manager at EY, contributing to the firm’s Corporate Finance practice within the Strategy and Transactions division.

Dominic (Nick) Brignola
Dominic (Nick) Brignola

Dallas-based Surgical Notes, a national provider of billing services and solutions for ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals, appointed Dominic (Nick) Brignola as its new chief financial officer. Surgical Notes is backed by Capstreet, a Houston-based private equity firm.

Before Surgical Notes, Brignola was senior vice president of finance, operations at R1 RCM, where he managed financial operations for a major revenue cycle management company serving hospitals, health systems and physician groups.

Prior to that, he held positions as vice president of finance at Solera Holdings and vice president of finance and treasury at Caris Life Sciences.

Jeff Andrews

Bethesda, Maryland-based Aligned Orthopedic Partners, a provider of orthopedic services in the Mid-Atlantic region, appointed Jeff Andrews as its new CEO.

Andrews has been the CEO and executive vice president at Regent Surgical Health and Compassus Home Health and Hospice, both private equity-backed firms.

He also held a leadership position at United Surgical Partners International and served as chief operating officer of Sequel Youth and Family Services. He previously served in senior leadership positions at United Surgical Partners International.

Pete Lamson

Volition Capital, a Boston-based growth equity firm, recently appointed Pete Lamson as its new chief operating officer and head of portfolio operations.

Lamson, who has more than 35 years of leadership experience, will focus on driving operational excellence and accelerated revenue growth for Volition’s portfolio companies.

In his new role, Lamson will provide strategic guidance to portfolio companies while enhancing Volition’s operational efficiency and internal processes.

Lamson’s background includes serving as CEO of Employ, where he led a private equity-based roll-up of four businesses in the HR technology space, including JazzHR, a Volition-backed entity, where he was CEO.

He also worked as senior vice president of Global Sales at Carbonite.

Tonya Zweier and Jeffrey (Jeff) Silverman

Philadelphia-based private equity firm Inverness Graham recently added Tonya Zweier as financial operating partner and Jeffrey (Jeff) Silverman as growth operating partner.

Zweier previously worked at private equity firm The Riverside Company, where she was finance director. She also held several roles at McBee, Alliance Global Services, the Neat Company and Safeguard Scientifics.

Before joining Inverness Graham, Silverman was chief revenue officer at Qualifacts. He has also led sales organizations and teams for healthcare providers such as Change Healthcare and McKesson Provider Technologies.



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