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Steve Miller

Robert S. (Steve) Miller joined as Chairman of MidOcean Partners in 2009. Mr. Miller, who is widely recognized for his broad operational experience, served as Chairman of insurance conglomerate AIG form 2010 to 2015. He recently served as Chief Executive Officer at Hawker Beechcraft, Inc. (2012-2013) and as Chairman and CEO of auto parts giant Delphi Corporation (2005-2009). He has also held top leadership posts at many companies including Federal Mogul, Bethlehem Steel, Waste Management, and Morrison Knudson. Mr. Miller began his career in 1968 at Ford Motor Company and after more than a decade there joined Chrysler Corporation where he worked for 13 years, eventually serving as Vice Chairman. While at Chrysler, corporate staffs, financial services, international automotive operations, and non-automotive operations all reported to him. Mr. Miller led the financial negotiations with 400 bank lenders and the Federal government, which resulted in the Loan Guarantee Act bailout package in 1980 that saved Chrysler.

Following his time at Chrysler, Mr. Miller then joined the James D. Wolfensohn, Inc. a New York investment bank, as a senior partner form 1992-1993. During this time Mr. Miller also served as an advisor to Olympia & York, a privately held real estate firm, as it restructured over $20 billion of debts.

Email: rsmiller@midoceanpartners.com

Neil Austrian

Neil Austrian most recently served as the interim Chairman and CEO of Office Depot Inc., a position from which he stepped down in 2005 when a permanent CEO was recruited. Mr. Austrian also spent nine years as an executive at the National Football League until he retired in 1999. While at the NFL, he worked closely with Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and oversaw all the operating departments and business entities of the League. In addition, he had primary responsibility for the strategy and negotiation of the 1994 and 1998 television agreements with the networks. Previously, Mr. Austrian spent four years as a founding partner of Dryden & Company, a private investment banking partnership specializing in leveraged buyouts from 1970-1974. He joined a client, Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), a communications company, beginning as CFO and then becoming CEO. In 1984, another client, Warner Communications Inc., asked Mr. Austrian to head a new joint venture it had established with Viacom Inc. in the cable television business, Showtime/The Movie Channel. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive until 1987 when he left to join Dillon Read as managing director, co-heading their leveraged buyout practice. Representative Boards that Mr. Austrian has served on include Office Depot, DIRECTV Inc., Alex. Brown Inc. and the Bankers Trust Company. Mr. Austrian has served on the DB Capital Partners Advisory Board since 1999.

Bridget Ryan Berman

Bridget Ryan Berman is currently the Chief Experience and Strategy Officer at Enjoy Technology, a Silicon Valley based company re-defining how consumers buy and experience personal technology products.  With an impressive career working in multi-channel brands leading business innovation designed around the customer experience, Ms. Ryan Berman has helped transform Enjoy from a start-up to an early stage growth company.

Prior to launching Enjoy, Ms. Ryan Berman served as Chief Executive Officer of Victoria’s Secret Direct where she oversaw the company’s digital properties, including consumer marketing and the direct-to-consumer businesses of the Victoria’s Secret and PINK brands.

Ms. Ryan Berman spent twelve years at the Ralph Lauren Corporation. As Group President, Global Retail, she guided the development and execution of retail strategies and operations for North America and Europe, including ecommerce

Ms. Ryan Berman was also the former COO of Apple, Inc., Retail and was Chief Executive Officer of Giorgio Armani Corporation, North America. Early in her career, Ms. Ryan Berman held various positions of increasing responsibility in merchandising and store operations for both Federated and May Department Stores.

Ms. Ryan Berman graduated from Virginia Tech where she currently serves on the Board of the Pamplin College of Business. She sits on the Board of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers and previously served as a director for J. Crew Group, Inc.  Along with her husband, Ms. Ryan Berman founded and is director of Miraclefeet, a philanthropic organization dedicated to providing treatment to children born with clubfoot in developing nations.

Rick Braddock

Rick Braddock began his business career in 1965, spending a number of years in product management at General Foods.  He joined Citicorp in 1973, was elected to the board of directors in 1985 and was elected president and chief operating officer of Citicorp and its principal subsidiary, Citibank, N.A. in January 1990, and served in that position until he left in late November, 1992.

Since then, his career has been primarily in serving in executive positions of fast-growth businesses, helping entrepreneurs scale their business model.  In 1993, he became chief executive officer of Medco Containment services until its acquisition by Merck later in the year, the largest M&A transaction of the year.  He served as chairman and CEO of Priceline from August of 1998 to April 2004, taking Priceline public in 1999.  He served as chairman and CEO of Fresh Direct from March, 2008, until his departure from the company in early 2011.  During these years, he worked with several other companies and also alongside several venture capital and private equity firms including Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, General Atlantic, and MidOcean Partners (chairman from April 2003 until December 2007). 

In late 2013, Mr. Braddock became executive chairman of Joinem LLC.  He is also chairman and CEO of Zaycon Fresh, chairman of Gravy and Yingo Yango (all private companies).  He is a major investor in all four, along with several other early stage companies.

Mr. Braddock serves on the boards of The Aspen Institute*, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts*, Cristo Rey Network*, and several private companies.  He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations.

(*not for profit)

John Brock

John Brock retired as Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola European Partners, the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler by net sales, at the end of 2016.

Mr. Brock was born in Moss Point, Mississippi, and earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech. After graduation, he joined Procter & Gamble, and in 1983 was recruited by Cadbury Schweppes to head technical and operational functions in North America. In 1988, he was promoted to the head of marketing for global beverages at Cadbury Schweppes.

In 1990, he was named president of Cadbury Schweppes’ international beverage division. Two years later, he was named president of Cadbury’s European Beverages business, and soon thereafter became president of North America. While in this position, John and his team organized the acquisition of Dr Pepper/Seven Up.

In March of 2000, he was named Chief Operating Officer of Cadbury Schweppes and chairman of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group’s Board of Directors. Later that year, he was named Beverage Industry’s Executive of the Year.

In 2003, John was named CEO of Interbrew, headquartered in Brussels (Belgium). In 2004, John and his team orchestrated the combination of Interbrew with AmBev of Brasil to form InBev, the largest brewer in the world by volume, and John was named CEO. Global brands of InBev include Stella Artois, Becks and Brahma.

In April 2006, John joined Coca-Cola Enterprises as CEO, and in April 2008 was named chairman of the company. Under his leadership, Coca-Cola Enterprises sold its North American operations to The Coca-Cola Company and acquired bottling operations in Norway and Sweden in October 2010, forming the world’s third-largest independent Coca-Cola bottler.

In 2016, John and his team led the company into a merger with two other Coca-Cola bottlers, Coca Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke, to form Coca-Cola European Partners.  

John is co-owner and Senior Strategic Advisor of Team Envy, a leading eSports team headquartered in Dallas, TX.

John currently serves on the board of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and previously served as a Director of Dow Jones & Company, The Campbell Soup Company and Reed Elsevier, Plc in London. As a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus from Georgia Tech, John has served on the President’s Advisory Board and is chair of the Georgia Tech Foundation.  John is chair of the Board of Directors of Horizons Atlanta, on the Board of Visitors for Owen Business School at Vanderbilt University, serves as Director of the Buckhead Coalition, and previously served as Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Graham Clempson

Mr. Clempson is the former European Managing Partner of MidOcean. From 1999 to February 2003, Mr. Clempson was European Managing Partner of DB Capital Partners and CEO of MGPE. Previously Mr. Clempson was Co-Head of European Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank, with particular responsibility for the Bank’s Financial Sponsor Coverage, Leveraged Finance and High Yield departments. Prior to that, Mr. Clempson worked at Bankers Trust where he began his career in 1983. Representative boards that Mr. Clempson has served on include Bezier, Europackaging, Laurel Pubs, Piaggio and United Biscuits. He is also a trustee of Pilotlight charity and a lecturer and advisor on entrepreneurship and private equity at Said Business School, Oxford University. Mr. Clempson has an MA in Law from Oxford University.

Don DeFosset

Don DeFosset served as Chairman, President & CEO of publicly traded (WLT) Walterlndustries from November, 2000 until his retirement in November, 2005. Prior to his time at WLT, he was Chief Operating Officer of Dura Automotive Systems, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. DeFosset held various executive positions including Corporate Executive Vice President and Truck Group President of Chicago-based Navistar International Corporation President of AlliedSignal, Inc.’s Safety Restraint Systems division and Executive Vice President, Operations of Mack Trucks, Inc. Mr. DeFosset currently serves on the Board of Directors of Terex Corporation as Chairman of the Audit Committee, Regions Financial Corporation, Enpro Industries and National Retail Properties. He also served as Non-Executive Chairman and Board Member of the James Hardie NV Board of Directors from January, 2007 until August, 2008. Mr. DeFosset is a graduate of Purdue University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Keith Frankel

Keith Frankel has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Vitaquest International since its formation. Mr. Frankel founded Celmark International, Inc., in 1990 and was its President from that time until the merger of Celmark with VitaQuest. As President of Celmark, he had principal day-to-day responsibility for its sales and marketing as well as its general operation. Before founding Celmark, Mr. Frankel held various sales, marketing, and management positions for predecessor companies.

Steven Gilbert

Mr. Gilbert serves as Vice Chairman of MidOcean’s Executive Board and in addition, he has served as Chairman of Sun Group (USA) and Gilbert Global Equity Partners, LP a $1 billion private equity fund. Mr. Gilbert has been an active investor and advisor with over 40 years experience in private equity investing, investment banking and law. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Gilbert was the founder and Managing General Partner of Soros Capital, L.P., the venture capital and leveraged transaction entity of the Quantum Funds Group, and a principal advisor to Quantum Industrial Holdings, Ltd. From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Gilbert was the Managing Director of Commonwealth Capital Partners, L.P., a private equity investment firm. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Gilbert was the Managing General Partner of Chemical Venture Partners (now J.P. Morgan Partners), which he founded. Mr. Gilbert was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1970, and received his JD from Harvard Law School, his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BS from the University of Pennsylvania.

Philip Heasley

Phil Heasley is currently President and CEO of ACI Worldwide Inc. (ACIW). Before joining the company, he was Chairman and CEO of Paypower LLC. From 2000 to 2003, he was Chairman and CEO of First USA Bank, the credit card subsidiary of Bank One Corporation. Prior to joining First USA, Mr. Heasley spent 13 years in executive positions at US Bancorp, including six years as Vice Chairman and the last two years as President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining US Bancorp, Mr. Heasley spent 13 years at Citicorp. Mr. Heasley is a member of the board of directors of ACIW, Fidelity National Financial, lnc., Ohio Casualty Corporation, Kintera Inc. and Public Radio International. He served as Chairman of the Board of Visa USA from 1996 until November 2003 and was a member of the board of Visa International during the same period. In addition, he has previously served on the boards of Fair Isaac Corporation, The Schwan Food Company, Inc., AIG SunAmerica, Cray Inc. and Minnesota Seed Capital.

William T. Kerr

William T. Kerr is a Partner at Eaglepoint Advisors and most recently served as Chairman of Global Partner Acquisition Corp. He previously served as President and CEO of Arbitron, Inc., a leading media and marketing services firm, from January 2010 through 2012, when Arbitron agreed to be merged into Nielsen Holdings.  He was a member of Arbitron’s Board of Directors from 2007 until the completion of the merger in late 2013.  Prior to his time at Arbitron, Mr. Kerr served in a series of top management positions at the Meredith Corporation, culminating in CEO and Chairman from 1996 until 2006 and Chairman until 2010. Prior to Meredith, Mr. Kerr was a senior executive at The New York Times Company and a consultant and McKinsey.  Representative boards that Mr. Kerr has served on include The Interpublic Group of Companies, Principal Financial Group, Penton Business Media and the Whirlpool Corporation.  He has also served as the Chairman of the International Federation of the Periodical Press and Chair of the  board of the Business Committee for the Arts. He currently is a Regent of the American Architectural Foundation and serves on the board of Harvard Business School Publishing. Mr. Kerr has a BA from the University of Washington and a BA and an MA from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar and  an MA and an MBA from Harvard University.

David Kieselstein

David Kieselstein joined MidOcean’s Executive Board in January 2018 and serves as Vice Chairman, Business Services. In this role, Mr. Kieselstein works with the firm's Executive Board to provide strategic guidance to MidOcean’s portfolio companies. As Vice Chairman, Business Services, Mr. Kieselstein also works closely with the MidOcean investment team in the sourcing, evaluation and execution of new business services investments.  

Mr. Kieselstein most recently served as CEO of Penton, a former MidOcean portfolio company and the largest privately held professional information services company in North America. After joining the company in early 2012, he was instrumental in driving the rapid transformation of Penton, by executing on a three-pronged innovation and growth strategy:  focus on the core business with continuous improvement of core offerings, strategic acquisitions in high potential industry sectors, and creation of a new product launch engine.  Penton was acquired by Informa PLC in November 2016 for $1.6 billion.

Prior to joining Penton, from 2008 to 2011, Mr. Kieselstein served as Chief Executive Officer, North America of TNS, a division of WPP which provides high-quality market research insights to Fortune 500 clients in virtually all industries. During his tenure at TNS, he embarked on a full transformation of the company’s operations, which resulted in a significant improvement in profitability across TNS.  He also drove an increase in employee satisfaction to the highest level of all TNS regions globally.

From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Kieselstein led Dun & Bradstreet’s Small Business Division, the company’s largest and fastest growing division.  While at Dun & Bradstreet, Mr. Kieselstein integrated three distinct operations into a single, customer-centric business unit, and he launched several new product suites that accelerated overall performance. 

Prior to Dun & Bradstreet, Kieselstein served in a range of key leadership roles at Time Warner.  As Chief Executive of the Parenting Media Group, he repositioned the Parenting brand, resulting in 30% revenue growth and the unseating of the long-time category leader within 18 months.  As President and Chief Executive of the Personal Finance Media Group, Kieselstein created a partnership with CNN that resulted in the creation of CNNMoney, one of the world’s most successful personal finance web properties. Earlier in his career, he also held a number of marketing management positions at FORTUNE Magazine, and launched Time Inc.’s centralized direct marketing and database division. 

Mr. Kieselstein holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he serves on the Alumni Board. He received his BA in Economics from Binghamton University.

Dennis Malamatinas

Dennis is the Chairman of Saxo Bank. He also serves on the following Boards:SSP Group Ltd (global leader in Food and Beverage concessions), Celio Group Ltd(French fashion retailer) and Classic Fine Foods Ltd (importer and distributor of fine foods in Asia).


Previously, Dennis has served as the global CEO of Burger King Corp., global CEO of Smirnoff vodka, Chairman & CEO of Pepsi-Cola Italy, Chairman & CEO of Priceline Europe, President of Diageo Plc Asia-Pacific and had held various positions in Brand/General Management with Procter&Gamble where he started his career in 1979 after an MBA at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.


Dennis has previously served on the following Boards:Diageo Plc, Reuters Plc, Metro International Ltd (Chairman), Sbarro Inc (Chairman).


He was one of the five founding members of President Clinton's Welfare to Work Partnership.


Dennis was born in Tanzania, E. Africa, is a Swiss citizen and lives in London with his Dutch wife.

Dave Moran

Mr. Moran is a CPG industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience.  He was the former President & Chief Executive Officer of Heinz North America, a division of H.J. Heinz Company. In this role, Dave led the division's core business functions of marketing, sales, finance, research and development, human resources, operations and supply chain.  Over the course of two assignments spanning 11 years, he ran 85% of Heinz’s world-wide businesses, including Heinz Europe.   He joined Heinz in 1998, after a 15 year career at The Clorox Company.  Mr. Moran started his career at Procter & Gamble in 1980.  He has had extensive board experience across public and private companies including his current companies, Acosta Sales & Marketing Company and South Beach Diet. Dave is a graduate of the University of Louisville, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business Executive Education Program and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Nick Nicholas

Nick Nicholas joined Time Inc. in 1984 and held a number of executive positions during his thirty year career with the company. Mr. Nicholas was named President of Time Inc. in 1986 and served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Inc. until February 1992. Mr. Nicholas has served as a member of the board of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Bankers Trust Company and priceline.com and as a member of the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality. Mr. Nicholas currently serves as a director for Boston Scientific Corporation, Xerox Corporation and Time Warner Cable Inc. Mr. Nicholas is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Environmental Defense and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also served on the DB Capital Partners Advisory Board beginning in 1999.

Christian Purslow

Christian Purslow is the Managing Director of Chelsea Football Club based in London.  Prior to joining Chelsea FC, Christian was the CEO of Liverpool Football Club where he led the Club through a sale to Fenway Sports Group. Prior to working in professional football, Mr. Purslow worked at MidOcean Partners, where he was a Founding Partner. While at MidOcean, Christian focused on investing and managing portfolio companies in Europe.  He also served as a Director of Morgan Grenfell Private Equity and was a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank Capital Partners, MidOcean's predecessor.  Prior to his private equity career  Mr. Purslow was a Partner at Salomon Brothers where he ran Telecom and Media banking in Europe and prior to that was Head of UK Mergers and Acquisitions for Credit  Suisse First Boston. Christian earned his MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and he has an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge University.

Governor George Pataki

Governor George E. Pataki joined the law firm Chadbourne and Parke, LLP in 2007 as Counsel, focusing on their environmental energy and corporate practice areas. The Governor is also the founder and Chairman of Pataki-Cahill Group, a consulting firm concentrating on climate change, energy, and the environment. He previously served three terms as the 53rd governor of New York State, from 1995 through 2006. Widely known for his protection of over one million acres of open space, Governor Pataki balanced his pro-business philosophy with award-winning policies in the renewable energy and environmental fields. He led the establishment of the first mandatory cap and trade carbon initiative (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative - RGGI) which now includes ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States. The Governor implemented the first integrated strategy for creating clean, renewable transportation networks utilizing alternative fuels, including tax and other incentives for both consumers and manufacturers, grants for alternative retail fuel distribution systems, and the exemption of renewable fuels from all State and local taxes. He instituted the nation’s first green buildings tax credit incentive program which led to the building of the first high-rise green office building in the United States, the first high-rise green residential building in the United States, and a host of other green projects currently under development. Most notably, Governor Pataki ensured that the redeveloped World Trade Center site will be a global example of green building design. In addition, Governor Pataki worked to create public private partnerships for clean energy generation in New York State resulting in one of the largest industrial solar power arrays in the U.S. and one of the largest wind-power arrays in the Eastern U.S. He is currently co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Climate Change.

Rob Sharp

Rob Sharp is Co-CEO of Ramy Brook, a rapidly growing contemporary fashion brand.  Prior to that Mr. Sharp was a Managing Director at MidOcean Partners since its inception, and a Managing Director at DB Capital Partners.  Previously, Mr. Sharp was a Principal at Investcorp International, Inc., a Vice President at BT Securities Inc., an Executive Vice President at Remsen Partners Ltd., and he began his career as an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group at Drexel Burnham Lambert.  

Rob currently serves on the boards of Hunter Fan, Agilex Fragrances and Waterpik Inc and the Advisory board of Mount Sinai.

Mr. Sharp received his MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was a Samuel Bronfman Fellow, and his BA summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Union College.

Mayo Shattuck

Mayo Shattuck is currently the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Constellation Energy Group. Prior to joining Constellation Energy, he worked at Deutsche Bank, where he served as Chairman of the Board of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown as both Global Head of Investment Banking and Global Head of Private Banking. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Shattuck served as Vice Chairman of Bankers Trust Corporation, which merged with Deutsche Bank in June 1999. From 1991 until 1997, Mr. Shattuck was President and Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Alex Brown Inc., which merged with Bankers Trust in September 1997. Representative boards that Mr. Shattuck has served on include Gap Inc. and Capital One Financial Corporation. He is a member of the board of Edison Electric Institute and chairs its Finance Committee. He is also on the Nuclear Energy Institute Board of Directors and on the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Board of Directors. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine and a member of the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He is Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Board Member of The Walters Art Museum.

George Stamas

George Stamas is a Senior Partner of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, dividing his time between the New York and Washington, DC offices. Prior to joining Kirkland, Mr. Stamas served as Vice Chairman of Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, Inc. He is also a Venture Partner of New Enterprise Associates, a founding director of FTL Consulting Inc. (NYSE), an international consulting firm, and a director of Gridpoint Technologies, a standard settings “smart grid” software solutions provider and Medicity, a leading medical records system integrator. Mr. Stamas is a director and investor in the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards, and he was a co-founder of Washington/Baltimore Olympics 2012. Mr. Stamas has served on the Executive Board and its predecessor since 2000.