March 15, 2017

Genstar Capital Announces Three Promotions

Katie Solomon and Melissa Dickerson Named Managing Director; Ben Marshall Named Principal

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2017 – Genstar Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on investments in targeted segments of the financial services, software, industrial technology, and healthcare industries, today announced three senior promotions: Katie Solomon to Managing Director, Talent Management; Melissa Dickerson, to CFO and Managing Director, Operations; and Ben Marshall, to Principal.

Jean-Pierre Conte, Chairman and Managing Director, said, “I am very proud that Genstar has successfully navigated the journey from a small, founder-run middle market firm to an industry-focused institutional partnership with an outstanding group of individuals, a differentiated investment strategy, and an exceptionally healthy and successful culture. Each of these professionals has a distinct and important role within the firm and helped us identify strong investment opportunities, attract great talent to Genstar, build our portfolio companies, and our firm for the long term.  Katie, Melissa, and Ben share our passion and commitment for Genstar, and we are very privileged to have leaders like them.”

J. Ryan Clark, President and Managing Director, said, “All three promotions represent the outstanding contributions Katie, Melissa, and Ben have made in the ongoing growth of our firm. For the past six years, Katie has been instrumental in raising the bar around talent management across our portfolio — mining our executive network, building out leadership teams, and assessing executives – and has successfully led our own internal Genstar recruiting efforts. Melissa, as Chief Financial Officer, has been leading the growth of our financial, operational, and administrative responsibilities, and we want to recognize her efforts in building a well-functioning team. Ben has been a terrific contributor to the investment team since he rejoined Genstar from business school, playing a key role in six investments across all of our investment verticals.  We recognize the value they bring and welcome them to their new roles.”

Ms. Solomon joined Genstar in 2011 and works across the firm’s portfolio to help drive growth through the identification and acquisition of talent.  She also manages Genstar Capital’s recruiting relationships.  Prior to joining Genstar Capital in 2011, she was Vice President, Human Capital and Investor Relations at Vector Capital. Previously, she worked in executive search at Russell Reynolds Associates and before that led the marketing team at Harvard Business School Career Services and directed the global investment banking recruiting department at Robertson Stephens. She began her career as a Consultant with Bain & Company. Ms. Solomon graduated from Stanford University with a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, and an MA.  She received her MBA degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Ms. Dickerson joined Genstar in 2004 and as the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, Operations, is responsible for finance & accounting, regulatory compliance, risk management, technology and administration.  Prior to joining Genstar, she was the Controller of American Industrial Partners.  Prior to AIP, Ms. Dickerson worked at Deloitte as a Senior Accountant focused on businesses in the financial services industry, where she obtained her CPA license in March 1999.  She is a graduate of Vassar College and received her MBA degree from the University of California Berkeley, HAAS School of Business.

Mr. Marshall helps to identify, evaluate and execute acquisition and investment opportunities.  He originally joined Genstar Capital in 2010 as an Associate and re-joined the firm in 2014 after receiving his MBA. He began his career as an investment banking analyst at Peter J. Solomon.  He is a graduate of Duke University and received his MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

About Genstar Capital

Genstar Capital is a leading private equity firm that has been actively investing in high quality companies for more than 20 years. Based in San Francisco, Genstar works in partnership with its management teams and its network of operating executives and strategic advisors to transform its portfolio companies into industry-leading businesses. Genstar manages funds with total capital commitments of over $5 billion and targets investments focused on selected sectors within the financial services, industrial technology, software, and healthcare industries.



Chris Tofalli
Chris Tofalli Public Relations

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