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INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS | ADVISORY BOARD


INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS

Christian L. Oberbeck | Richard A. Petrocelli | Charles G. Phillips IV | John F. MacMurray
John P. Birkelund | Charles P. Durkin, Jr. | David W. Niemiec | Maria F. Costanzo

Christian L. Oberbeck

Mr. Oberbeck’s direct portfolio company responsibilities include Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc., CEMA Lighting, STC Wireless Resources, Inc., EUR Systems, Inc., CommSoft, Inc. and Koppers Holdings Inc.  Mr. Oberbeck also had direct responsibilities for the following fully-realized portfolio companies: Data Return, NAT, Inc., Scovill Fasteners Inc., USI Holdings Corporation and J&W Holding Corporation.

Prior to assuming management responsibility for Saratoga Partners in 2008, Mr. Oberbeck has co-managed Saratoga Partners since 1995, when he joined Dillon Read and Saratoga Partners from Castle Harlan, Inc., a corporate buyout firm which he joined at its founding in 1987 and where he was a Managing Director.  Prior to joining Castle Harlan, he worked in the Corporate Development Group of Arthur Young and in corporate finance at Blyth Eastman Paine Webber.

Mr. Oberbeck graduated from Brown University in 1982 with a BS in Physics and a BA in Mathematics.  In 1985, he earned an MBA from Columbia University.

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Richard A. Petrocelli

Mr. Petrocelli's principal portfolio company responsibilities include directorships of Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc., CEMA Lighting, EUR Systems, Inc., CommSoft, and STC Wireless Resources, Inc.   Mr. Petrocelli was formerly a director of Data Return LLC and Sericol, Inc. 

Mr. Petrocelli, a Managing Director of Saratoga Partners, joined the firm in 1998 from Gabelli Asset Management, Inc.  At Gabelli, Mr. Petrocelli was a Vice President in the corporate finance department with a primary focus on the Company’s alternative investment business.  Prior to that, he was a senior accountant at BDO Siedman. 

Mr. Petrocelli graduated with a BS from Georgetown University in 1990 and earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1999.  He is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Charles G. Phillips IV

Mr. Phillips joined Saratoga in 1997 and currently focuses on originating and developing new investment opportunities for the firm.  Mr. Phillips continues to be involved in transaction execution and oversight, with past portfolio company responsibilities including directorships of Datavantage Corporation, now part of Micros Systems, Inc. (NASD: MCRS),  NAT, Inc., now part of DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. (NASD: TRAK), EUR Systems, Inc., and Equality Specialties, Inc., and oversight of Koppers Inc (NYSE: KOP).

Mr. Phillips joined Saratoga Partners from Harvard Business School.  Prior to that, from 1993 to 1995, Mr. Phillips worked in Dillon Read’s corporate finance department, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions and advisory assignments in a variety of industries including cable television, packaged foods, energy, and consumer products.  Past experience also includes McCown De Leeuw & Co., a corporate buyout firm.

Mr. Phillips graduated with an AB from Harvard College in 1993 and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997.

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John F. MacMurray

Mr. MacMurray, joined Saratoga Partners from Columbia Business School in 2005.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. MacMurray worked for EuroConsult, Inc., an independent investment banking firm, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions and advisory assignments throughout Europe and North America in a variety of industries.

Mr. MacMurray’s principal portfolio company responsibilities include oversight of Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc., CEMA Lighting, EUR Systems, Inc., and STC Wireless Resources and general portfolio oversight with primary emphasis on transaction development and execution.

Mr. MacMurray graduated with an A.B. from Princeton University in 1998 and earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 2006.

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John P. Birkelund

Mr. Birkelund, is a Senior Advisor to Saratoga. He joined Dillon Read & Co., Inc. in 1981 and served successively as President, Chief Executive and Chairman from 1981 to 1997 when the firm was sold to Swiss Bank.  Prior to joining Dillon Read, Mr. Birkelund co-founded New Court Securities Corporation in 1967 (now Rothschild, Inc.), and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and as non-executive director of N.M. Rothschild & Sons.  Under his leadership New Court Securities emerged as one of the leading venture capital/buyout firms in the country.

Mr. Birkelund is a past director of the New York Stock Exchange and the Securities Industry Association and, in recent years, served on the corporate boards of N.M. Rothschild & Co., Barings Brothers, C.R. Bard, Copperweld Corporation, Darden Restaurants, NacRe Corporation, Lenox, Inc., and the advisory boards of the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development and ORIX USA Corporation.

Mr. Birkelund provides strategic oversight, investment and management insight and other benefits from his vast investment and management experience.  While Mr. Birkelund was a member of the investment committees for Saratoga III & Saratoga IV, he had no direct portfolio company responsibilities.

Mr. Birkelund graduated from Princeton University in 1952 with an AB degree and pursued graduate studies in business administration at Northwestern University.  He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1955.

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Charles P. Durkin, Jr.

Mr. Durkin's is a Senior Advisor to Saratoga and is currently a director of Emeritus Corporation.  Mr. Durkin was formerly a director of Datavantage Corporation, Atlantic Cellular Company, Koppers Industries Inc., Equality Specialties, Inc., Scovill Fasteners Inc., USI Holdings Corporation, CapMAC, Formica Corporation, Hi-Lo Automotive Inc. and Viking Office Products Inc

Mr. Durkin, 69, assumed management responsibility for Saratoga Partners at its inception in 1984. From 1995 until 2007, Mr. Durkin shared management responsibility with Mr. Oberbeck.  Mr. Durkin was with Dillon Read since 1966 specializing in mergers and acquisitions, in which capacity he has advised on numerous transactions in a broad variety of industries.

Mr. Durkin graduated from Princeton University in 1960 with a BS in Engineering.  He earned an MBA from Columbia University in 1963.

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David W. Niemiec

Mr. Niemiec is a Senior Advisor to Saratoga Partners with responsibilities including a directorship of Emeritus Corporation.

Mr. Niemiec, 59, was formerly Vice Chairman of the Board of Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., a member of the firm’s four person Management Committee and Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Niemiec has over 15 years of private equity experience through his involvement in Dillon Read’s domestic corporate buyout fund, venture capital and energy funds, and his management of Dillon Read’s direct investment program involving more than 100 portfolio companies.

Mr. Niemiec graduated from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School prior to joining Dillon Read in 1974.

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Maria F. Costanzo

Ms. Costanzo, 39, is Controller of Saratoga Partners with responsibilities including the financial management of the Saratoga funds, due diligence, financial supervision of portfolio companies, and limited partner relations.

Ms. Costanzo joined Saratoga Partners from the Compass Global Group and prior to that served as Controller and Director of Human Resources while at Gabelli Asset Management Inc. from 1993 through 2001.  Ms. Costanzo also spent two years as a tax consultant at Arthur Andersen and graduated with a BS from Iona College in 1991.

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Saratoga complements its internal staff with the talents, experience, and business relationships of an extensive network of experienced senior executives and industry professionals outside the firm.


 

 

 

 
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