BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Kirby is an Operating Partner with Golden Gate Capital. Mr. Kirby was previously CEO of Atrium. He was also the CEO of Vi-Jon, a leading private label manufacturer in the personal care market. Prior to this Mr. Kirby was CEO of Accellent, a leading contract manufacturer in the Medical Device market. Earlier in Mr. Kirby’s career, he was a General Manager and led Research & Development, and Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain at large cap companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark and Fort James. Mr. Kirby has broad-based experience in Consumer Personal Care, Over-the-Counter (OTC) and Medical Devices. During his 30-year career, he has led large-scale and complex integrations of acquisitions, implemented lean processes, and driven rapid, positive change.
Dave Thomas is a Managing Director of Golden Gate Capital, which he joined in 2006. Mr. Thomas focuses on investments in industrials, and basic materials sector in particular. Prior to joining Golden Gate Capital, Mr. Thomas worked as a Senior Associate Consultant in both the Chicago and London offices of Bain & Company. Mr. Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Notre Dame (summa cum laude).
Mr. Solomon’s 35+ year career spans a wide range of industries including Consumer Products/Retail, Specialty Chemicals, Automotive, Health Care, Software, and Professional Sports. He retired from Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH and VVV) after a decade as its Chief Growth Officer, where he oversaw a complete transformation of its business portfolio that generated a $7-billion increase in shareholder value. Mr. Solomon spent the first decade of his career in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble, followed by a succession of start-ups that included an Inc. 500 media company, a health care services company sold to a publicly held competitor, and a NASCAR Cup team. In addition to ANGUS Chemical Company, Mr. Solomon serves on the boards of directors of Shepherd Materials Company, and not-for-profit BBYO Inc., while also serving as an advisor for the Women’s Executive 50 community. He is the author of the book “Cubicle Tales” and has served as a guest blogger on leadership and marketing for Forbes. Mr. Solomon is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Matt Jennings is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Phillips-Medisize Corporation, a Koch Industries company. Mr. Jennings has over 30 years of experience in leading transformational growth of businesses into healthcare. Mr. Jennings has extensive strategy, acquisition, operational improvement and innovation experience. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Spectrum Plastics Group, Spinal Elements Corporation and ANGUS Chemical Company. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Farmer School of Business at Miami University (Ohio) and the CEO Advisory Council for the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). Mr. Jennings previously served as President of the North American Medical business for Teleflex Inc, President and CEO of Bioenterprise Corporation, and has also held numerous general management and operating leadership positions with Baxter International and Allegiance Healthcare. He started his career in sales with Monsanto Corporation. Mr. Jennings holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and decision sciences from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a master’s degree in strategy and business development from Michigan State University.
Brian Slobodow is an Operating Executive with Golden Gate Capital. Mr. Slobodow currently advises the firm and portfolio companies in a broad range of supply chain and procurement issues. He formerly served as Chief Operating Officer of Atrium Windows, Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Silica, and Chief Operating Officer of Neways International, all of which are current or former Golden Gate Capital portfolio companies. Prior to joining Golden Gate Capital, Mr. Slobodow held multiple leadership positions within Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products and was a Principal with A.T. Kearney. Mr. Slobodow has an M.B.A. from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Rhode Island.