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  • Fuad Sawaya
    Co-founder & Managing Director

     Fuad@sawayasegalas.com
    Fuad Sawaya has more than 20 years of experience advising many of the most respected consumer companies in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to founding Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC in 2001, Fuad led JP Morgan's Middle Market Consumer Products Group. He began his career at PaineWebber, Inc., spending 14 years there, first in the Mergers & Acquisitions department and later the Consumer Products Investment Banking Group, which he ran in the late 1990s. He has established working relationships with global and domestic Consumer Products companies at the Chairman, CEO and CFO levels and positioned his team as a strategic resource for the Private Equity/LBO sponsor community in this segment.

    Among the more than 150 successful engagements he has been involved in during his career, Fuad's experience prior to launching Sawaya Segalas included the acquisition of National Car Rental Systems, Inc. and the sale of FoxMeyer Drug Company to McKesson Corporation; the sale of Snapple Beverage Corp. to The Quaker Oats Company; the recapitalization of Randall's Food Markets, Inc. with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.; the sale of Armor All Products Corporation to The Clorox Company; the sale of South Beach Beverage Company, LLC to PepsiCo, Inc and a joint venture between the laundry businesses of USA Detergents, Inc. and Church & Dwight Co., Inc..

    Co-founder, Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2001

    Previous Experience:
    JP Morgan, PaineWebber, Inc.

    Education:
    B.S. in Civil Engineering, American University of Beirut
    M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting, Columbia University Graduate School of Business
  • Hercules Segalas
    Co-founder & Managing Director

     Herc@sawayasegalas.com
    Herc Segalas has over 50 years in the consumer industry, research and investment banking. Before co-founding Sawaya Segalas in 2001, Herc had joined Schroeder/Salomon Smith Barney in the late 1990s, becoming Chairman of Citibank's Global Consumer Products Group. Prior to this, he had spent 10 years in PaineWebber, Inc.'s Consumer Products Investment Banking Group.

    Earlier in his long and successful career, Herc worked at consumer industry giant Procter & Gamble Co. and at International Flavors Fragrances before taking his knowledge of the consumer Products to Wall Street, ultimately joining Drexel Burnham Lambert as a research analyst specializing in the cosmetics, personal care and household products industries. His 17 years as the #1 ranked consumer industry research analyst remains unrivaled.

    Herc earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Yale University.

    Co-founder, Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2001

    Previous Experience:
    Schroeder/Salomon Smith Barney, Citibank, PaineWebber, Inc.

    Education:
    B.S. in Civil Engineering, Yale University
  • Jeffrey H. Kuhr
    Managing Director

     Jeff@sawayasegalas.com
    Jeffrey Kuhr, Managing Director, joined Sawaya Segalas in 2002 and has advised companies in the housewares, household products, food/beverage, apparel/footwear and retail/distribution segments of the consumer industry. Jeff began his career in 1981 as a strategic consultant advising Fortune 500 companies with Data Resources, Inc., then joined GE Capital Corporation where he financed leveraged buyouts of consumer and media/communications companies. In 1989 he was a co-founder and Managing Director of Peter J. Solomon Company, an independent investment banking firm focused on the retail/distribution and consumer industries, and in 1999 established West End Capital Partners, LLC, an independent merchant bank advising Consumer and Retail companies.

    Jeff earned a B.A. in Economics from Oberlin College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2002

    Previous Experience:
    West End Capital Partners, LLC, Peter J. Solomon Company, GE Capital Corporation, Data Resources, Inc.

    Education:
    B.A. in Economics, Oberlin College
    M.B.A., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Z. Rabin
    Managing Director

     Michael@sawayasegalas.com
    Michael Rabin, Director, joined Sawaya Segalas in 2004 and has extensive experience advising the senior management of Fortune 100 companies on mergers, strategy and organizational effectiveness. Michael spent the first 13 years of his career as a management consultant, where as a Partner at Marakon Associates he led engagements for clients in the consumer industry, Information Technology, Chemicals, Publishing and Food Retailing segments, among others. Leaving consulting in 1996 to join Goldman Sachs as a Vice President, he spent two years in the Mergers department, during which he played a senior role in numerous Consumer Products transactions. Michael then spent three years as a senior coverage banker in the Financial Sponsors Group, before joining the investment banking group at CRT Capital Holdings, LLC.

    Michael earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2004

    Previous Experience:
    CRT Capital Holdings, LLC, Goldman Sachs, Marakon Associates

    Education:
    B.A. in Economics, University of Chicago
    M.B.A., Harvard Business School
  • Slava Leykind
    Managing Director

     Slava@sawayasegalas.com
    •  212-331-0154   
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    Slava Leykind, Managing Director, joined Sawaya Segalas in 2006. He began his career at General Mills in the Corporate Development Group, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy. In his time with Sawaya Segalas, Slava has been actively involved in advising public companies, private companies and financial sponsors on a variety of sell-side, buy-side and corporate divestiture transactions across the consumer industry.

    Slava earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with a dual concentration from the Tauber Manufacturing Institute.

    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2006

    Previous Experience:
    General Mills

    Education:
    Bachelors of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, dual concentration, Tauber Manufacturing Institute
  • Jim Gold
    Senior Advisor

     Jim@sawayasegalas.com
    Jim Gold joined Sawaya Segalas & Co. as a Senior Advisor in 2013 having spent 37 years in investment banking of which 32 were at Lazard where he was a founding member of Lazard's worldwide consumer, food and retail practice. At Lazard he advised many of the largest strategic food, retail and consumer companies on mergers and acquisitions and strategic financial advisory assignments. Clients included, among others, companies such as Danone, PepsiCo, Hershey, Wrigley, Campbell Soup, Casino, Signet plc and Kraft.
     
    Following his retirement from Lazard, Jim was a Senior Advisor to Piper Jaffray before joining Southern Star Shipping where he oversaw worldwide corporate development activities. Southern Star is a family controlled private investment company focused principally on shipping, food production and distribution, infrastructure and energy. Investment include a controlling position in the publicly traded Flour Mills of Nigeria, one of the largest food companies in Nigeria, and ELBISCO, a prominent baked products company in Greece.
     
    From 1993 through 2005, Jim served as a member of the Board of Directors of Smart & Final and from 1998 he served as a member of the Board of the Hain-Celestial Group. He served as a director of Happy Baby Foods which was recently acquired by Danone and also served as member of the board of Gold Standard Baking, a privately held company.
     
    Jim is a member of the Private and Public Scientific Academic and Consumer Food Policy Group, a public policy group jointly sponsored by the Institute of Politics and the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. He served as a member of the Board of Visitors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but is a member of the Boards of Visitors of the Kenan Flagler School of Business and the Honors Programs at UNC-CH. In addition, he is a member of the Board of the Center for Hearing and Communications.
     
    Consumer Transactions that Jim has been involved with include the sale of Kraft, Inc. to Philip Morris Cos., the sale of Pet Inc. to Grand Metropolitan P.L.C., the acquisition of Snapple Beverage Corp. by The Quaker Oats Co., the sale of Kraft Frozen Desserts to Unilever, the sale of Marie’s by Campbell Soup Co. to Dean Food Co., the sale of Mrs. Paul’s by Campbell Soup Co. to Pinnacle Foods, Inc., the sale of WhiteWave Foods Co. to Dean Foods Co., the sale Stonyfield Farm, Inc. to Groupe Danone, the sale of Gardetto's Bakery, Inc. to General Mills, Inc., the sale of Vlasic to Pinnacle Foods, Inc., the acquisition of Celestial Seasonings by Hain Food Group , the sale of Golden State Foods to Yucaipa Cos., the acquisition of Nabisco Europe by Groupe Danone, the sale of Austin Quality Foods, Inc. to Keebler Foods Co., the acquisition of Keurig, Inc. by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., the acquisition of Nantucket Nectars by Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., the acquisition of Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. by Hershey Foods Corp., the Starbucks Coffee Co. grocery distribution joint venture with Kraft Foods, Inc., and the acquisition of Albertson’s, Inc. by SuperValu, Inc..
     
    Jim graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studied at the London School of Economics and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
     
    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2013
     
    Previous Experience:
    Lazard, Southern Star, Happy Baby Foods
     
    Education:
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    London School of Economics
    M.B.A., Harvard Business School
  • Riccardo Cazzoli
    Director

     Riccardo@sawayasegalas.com
    •  212-331-0147   
    •  VCard   
    Riccardo Cazzoli, Director, joined the Firm in 2012. He began his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers in 2003 upon completion of his MBA at Wharton. At Lehman Brothers, he worked in the London and New York offices where he focused on M&A and financing transactions in the Consumer sector, with a specialization in Beauty and Personal Care, Household and Consumer Healthcare. He joined Barclays Capital in 2008 upon Barclays' acquisition of Lehman Brothers, where he continued to advise clients in the Consumer sector on M&A and financing transactions. Prior to business school, Riccardo worked in Operations Management at Philip Morris Companies in the Netherlands, in Switzerland and in Italy.
     
    Riccardo earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bologna and a Management of Technology Certificate from the University of California at Berkeley.
     
    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2012

    Previous Experience:
    Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers, Philip Morris Companies

    Education:
    Management of Technology, University of California at Berkeley
    M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy
    M.B.A., The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Robert Field
    Director

     Robert@sawayasegalas.com
    •  212-331-0165   
    •  VCard   
    Robert (Tenny) Field, Director, joined the firm in 2006. Tenny began his career in 1995 as an analyst in the Chemical Bank (subsequently Chase/JP Morgan) Investment Banking division, covering Energy and Chemical companies.

    In his seven years there he rose to associate (completing rotational programs through the firm's Global Syndicated/Leveraged Finance and M&A departments) before joining the Natural Resources group in an Investment Banking Coverage position and being named a Vice President in 2002. Later that year he joined RPM International as Vice President, Corporate Development for its DAP, Inc. subsidiary, leading M&A and corporate development initiatives.

    Tenny earned a B.A. in Economics and French from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2006

    Previous Experience:
    RPM International/DAP, Inc., Chemical/Chase/JP Morgan

    Education:
    B.A. in Economics and French, Vanderbilt University
    M.B.A., Columbia University Graduate School of Business
  • Chris Sargent
    Vice President

     Chris@sawayasegalas.com
    •  212-331-0149   
    •  VCard   
    Chris Sargent, Vice President, joined the firm in 2008. He began his career with Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC as a Summer Analyst in 2007, where he supported the investment banking team through his active participation in ongoing transaction assignments, due diligence matters, new business origination and general consumer industry research. Chris returned to Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC as a full-time Analyst in February of 2008.

    Chris earned a B.A. in English, cum laude, from Columbia University.

    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2008

    Education:
    B.A. in English, cum laude, Columbia University
  • Nicholas Enthoven
    Vice President

     Nick@sawayasegalas.com
    •  212.331.0175   
    •  VCard   
    Nicholas Enthoven, Vice President, joined the Firm in 2016. Previously, he spent eight years at Atlas Advisors where he focused on M&A in the Consumer sector in North America and Europe. Nicholas has particular experience in the food and beverage categories working on multiple transactions with global corporate clients such as Grupo Bimbo and McCain Foods. He has significant M&A experience in a diverse set of buy-side and sell-side assignments including in joint venture, public-to-private, private placement, cross-border, capital raise, private equity, intellectual property and bankruptcy transactions. He began his career as an M&A analyst at Integrated Finance Ltd.

    Nicholas earned a Bachelors of Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Bucknell University.

    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2016

    Education:
    Bachelors of Business Administration, Bucknell University, minor in Economics
  • Mike Raffaniello
    Associate

     Mike@sawayasegalas.com
    •  212-331-0167   
    •  VCard   
    Mike Raffaniello, Associate, joined the firm in 2011. He began his career with Sawaya Segalas & Co. in the fall of 2011 as an intern supporting the investment banking team. He joined the team as a full-time analyst at the end of 2011.

    Mike earned a B.A. In Economics and Political Science from Vanderbilt University.

    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2011

    Education:
    B.A. in Economics and Political Science, Vanderbilt University
  • Teddie Townsend
    Associate

     Teddie@sawayasegalas.com
    •  212-331-0153   
    •  VCard   
    Teddie Townsend, Associate, joined the firm in 2012. Teddie started her career at BCMS Capital Advisors, where she worked on M&A transactions in the healthcare, plastics, life sciences, oil & gas and media Industries.

    Teddie earned a B.A. in Economics and English Literature from Kenyon College with a minor in Russian Language.

    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2012

    Previous Experience:
    BCMS Capital Advisors

    Education:
    B.A. in Economics and English Literature, Kenyon College, minor in Russian Language
  • Jack Eakin
    Associate

     Jack@sawayasegalas.com
    •  212-331-0806   
    •  VCard   
    Jack Eakin, Associate, joined the firm in 2012. Jack previously worked at Sagent Advisors, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the food, drug and specialty retail industries.

    Jack earned a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.

    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2012

    Previous Experience:
    Sagent Advisors Inc., The Breckenridge Group

    Education:
    B.S. in Commerce with Finance and Accounting concentration, McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia
  • Taylor Petersen
    Associate

     Taylor@sawayasegalas.com
    •  212.331.0185   
    •  VCard   
    Taylor Petersen, Associate, joined the firm in 2017. Taylor started his career at KeyBanc Capital Markets, where he focused on M&A and leveraged finance transactions in the retail, apparel and consumer goods industries. Prior to joining the firm, Taylor co-founded, GoFit Media, a software company that allows retailers to remotely control and automate marketing messages to digital signs (e.g., TVs, tablets) in their stores.

    Taylor earned a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado.

    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2017

    Previous Experience:
    KeyBanc Capital Markets
    GoFit Media

    Education:
    B.S. and M.S. in Accounting, summa cum laude, University of Colorado
  • Deniz Oran
    Analyst

     Deniz@sawayasegalas.com
    •  212.331.0168   
    •  VCard   
    Deniz Oran, Analyst, joined the firm in 2016. Deniz previously worked at Wells Fargo Securities, where he focused on M&A and financing transactions in the consumer products, convenience store and healthcare industries.
     
    Deniz earned a B.B.A. in Finance and Economics from The College of William and Mary.
     
    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2016
     
    Previous Experience:
    Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
     
    Education:
    B.B.A. in Finance and Economics, The College of William and Mary
  • Javed Narejo
    Analyst

     Javed Narejo
    •  212-331-0164   
    •  VCard   
    Javed Narejo, Analyst, joined the firm in 2016. Javed previously worked at Lazard Middle Market, where he focused on M&A in the food sector, and at Strategic Financial Services, where he covered public companies in the consumer sector as a research analyst.
     
    Javed earned a B.A. with a concentration in Math and Economics from Colgate University.
     
    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2016
     
    Previous Experience:
    Lazard Middle Market
     
    Education:
    B.A. with a concentration in Math and Economics, Colgate University
  • Maha Khan
    Analyst

     Maha Khan
    •  212.331.0184   
    •  VCard   
    Maha Khan, Analyst, joined the firm in 2016. Maha previously worked at Raymond James where she was a part of the Technology Services group, focusing primarily on M&A.
     
    Maha earned a B.B.A. in Finance and Sociology, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.
     
    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2016
     
    Previous Experience:
    Raymond James
     
    Education:
    B.B.A. in Finance and Sociology, cum laude, University of Notre Dame
  • Josh Farkas
    Analyst

     Josh Farkas
    •  212.331.0807   
    •  VCard   
    Josh Farkas, Analyst, joined the firm in 2016. Josh previously worked at PwC where he was an associate in their Transaction Services group, focusing primarily on Private Equity clients.
     
    Josh earned a B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Josh is also a licensed CPA in the state of New York.
     
    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2016
     
    Previous Experience:
    PwC
     
    Education:
    B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
  • Christi Friedman
    Chief Administrative Officer

     Christi@sawayasegalas.com
    •  212.331.0152   
    •  VCard   
    Christine Friedman, CAO, joined the firm in 2013. Christine began her career in finance in 2007 as an analyst at Perella Weinberg Partners in the Corporate M&A Finance Department. In 2011, she joined UBS working in the office of the Vice Chairman of the Investment Bank, Americas.
     
    Before her career in Finance, Christine was a Fashion Editor at various Conde Nast Publications and co-managed an agency for Fashion and Beauty Photographers, Stylists, Hairdressers and Makeup Artists.
     
    Christine earned her B.A. in Art History from Boston University.
     
    Joined Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, 2013
     
    Education:
    B.A. in Art History, Boston University