Board of Directors

Sanjeev Mehra

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board

Mr. Mehra is our Chief Executive Officer and is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Periphas Capital, a private equity investing firm focused on making investments in technology-enabled businesses, business services, industrials and consumer industries. Prior to founding Periphas Capital in 2017, Mr. Mehra worked at Goldman Sachs for thirty-one years where he most recently served as Partner from 1998 to 2016. Sanjeev was a founding member of Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investment Area (“PIA”), the firm’s private investing arm of its Merchant Banking Division (“MBD”), and over a 27-year tenure in the group, led 37 transactions with an invested cost of $4.8 billion. These included LBOs and growth capital investments in companies in the industrial, business services, technology and consumer sectors.  He served as Co-Head of the US private equity business, on PIA’s Investment Committee, and as a Partner of the firm for 18 years.

 

Mr. Mehra has served on the boards of over 25 portfolio companies, including: Allflex USA, Inc.; Amscan Holdings, Inc.; Aramark; Burger King Holdings, Inc; Great Plains Software, Inc.; Hexcel Corporation; Interline Brands; KAR Auction Services, Inc.; Nalco Company; NetJets Inc.; SunGard Data Systems, Inc; and TVS Logistics Services Limited; among others. Prior to attending graduate school and joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Mehra was employed by McKinsey & Company as an analyst. Mr. Mehra serves on the Board of Directors of the World Wildlife Fund. Mr. Mehra earned an M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Harvard College magna cum laude.

Jeff Dodge

Chief Operating Officer & Director

Mr. Dodge is our Chief Operating Officer, a founding member of Periphas Capital and leads the firm’s deal sourcing, executive network development and intermediary relationship management. He also works actively in execution of private equity investments. Mr. Dodge previously built and led the business development effort at Berkshire Partners, a Boston based private equity firm with $16 billion of capital commitments. As Head of Business Development from 2013 until his departure to co-found Periphas Capital in 2017, Mr. Dodge led Berkshire’s efforts in direct investment opportunity development, global intermediary management including firmwide relationships with bulge bracket and regional banking intermediaries, and coverage of a broad group of regional and local banks, brokers and other intermediaries. Prior to joining Berkshire in 2013, Mr. Dodge was a Managing Director in the Global Industrials and Financial Sponsors Groups at Goldman Sachs. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dodge worked for Andersen Consulting in the strategy formulation practice. Mr. Dodge serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chestnut Hill School, and the Advisory Board of Mesa de Vida. Mr. Dodge earned an M.B.A. from The Tuck School at Dartmouth where he was a Tuck Scholar, and a B.A. from Yale University.

Allen Spizzo

Director

Mr. Spizzo has been a business and management consultant focused on the chemicals, materials, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, since November 2008, and he also serves as an investment adviser and asset management trustee. Mr. Spizzo served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hercules Incorporated (“Hercules”), a former S&P 500 specialty chemicals company, until the company was sold to Ashland Inc. in 2008. Mr. Spizzo currently serves on the board of directors for Ferro Corporation (NYSE:FOE) a global specialty materials company and is chair of the compensation committee and a member of the audit committee. Mr. Spizzo recently served on the board of directors of OM Group, Incorporated (NYSE:OMG) until its sale in 2015, A. Schulman (Nasdaq:SCLM) until its sale in 2018 and Global Specimen Solutions a biopharmaceutical informatics company until its sale in 2017. Mr. Spizzo holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a M.B.A. from the University of Akron.

Eric S. Dobkin

Director

Mr. Dobkin worked at Goldman Sachs for almost 50 years, and prior to his retirement he was an Advisory Director and Chairman Emeritus of Global Equity Capital Markets at Goldman Sachs having served as its founder and head from 1985 to 1997. Mr. Dobkin retired from the Goldman Sachs partnership in 1998 becoming an Advisory Director and Chairman Emeritus of Goldman Sachs Equity Capital Markets until his retirement in 2016. During Mr. Dobkin’s tenure at Goldman Sachs, he served on the Commitments Committee, the Firmwide Capital Committee, the Firmwide Suitability Committee and the Operating Committee. Mr. Dobkin has been recognized as the father of the modern day IPO. In 1998, Mr. Dobkin received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from International Financial Review, and in 2004, he received the Special Award for Equities in celebration of IFRs 30th anniversary. Mr. Dobkin has also served as a senior advisor to Starr Investment Holdings. Mr. Dobkin earned an A.B. from Marietta College and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Dobkin also received an Honorary LL.D. from Marietta having served as an emeritus trustee.

Matt Espe

Director

Mr. Espe has more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and management of global manufacturing businesses. Throughout Mr. Espe’s career, he successfully led several multibillion dollar manufacturing, infrastructure and business services companies. Mr. Espe was recruited by Sterling Partners in January 2017 to lead the transformation of Radial Inc. (“Radial”) as their Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Espe led the successful sale of Radial to the Belgian Post Group. Prior to Mr. Espe’s time at Radial, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong World Industries (NYSE:AWI) from July 2010 until March 2016. Prior to AWI, Mr. Espe was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IKON Office Solutions (NYSE: IKN) from 2002 until 2008. Prior to IKON, Mr. Espe spent 23 years at General Electric where he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric Lighting from 1999 until 2002. Mr. Espe is currently an operating partnering with Periphas Capital, Strategic Value Partners Global, and Advent International. Mr. Espe is the non-executive Chairman of Klöckner Pentaplast Group and a member of the board of directors of Pfleiderer Group, WESCO International (NYSE: WCC), Realogy Holdings (NYSE:RLGY), Foundation Building Materials, Inc. (NYSE:FBM), and Cenveo Corporation (Nasdaq:CVO). Mr. Espe is a member of the Advisory Boards of Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business and Member of the Board of Trustees of ECS Philadelphia. Mr. Espe holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Idaho and an M.B.A. from Whittier College