Meet Our Team

We are a dedicated team with extensive investment and operating experience

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Managing Directors
Principals
Vice Presidents
Associates
Senior Advisors
Alec Gores

ALEC E. GORES

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Alec Gores
ALEC E. GORES

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Alec Gores is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Gores Group, a global investment firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm's operating experience and flexible capital base.

Mr. Gores began his career as a self-made entrepreneur and operating executive. In 1978, he self-funded and founded Executive Business Systems (EBS), a developer and distributor of vertical business software systems. Within seven years, EBS had become a leading value-added reseller in Michigan and employed over 200 people. In 1986, CONTEL purchased EBS and Mr. Gores subsequently began acquiring and operating non-core businesses from major corporations and building value in those entities, a decision that ultimately led to the founding of what has evolved into The Gores Group today.

Under his leadership, The Gores Group has continued to acquire businesses in need of operational and financial resources, while creating value and working with management to establish an entrepreneurial environment as a foundation for sustainable growth. This philosophy has served the firm well. Since 1987 over 80 businesses have been successfully acquired. The current portfolio includes over 20 active companies world-wide with combined annual revenues of over $7 billion. 

Mr. Gores holds a degree in computer science from Western Michigan University and lives in the Los Angeles area.

Vance Diggins

VANCE W. DIGGINS

Senior Advisor
Vance Diggins
VANCE W. DIGGINS

Senior Advisor

Mr. Diggins is a member of Gores' investment committee. Mr. Diggins has worked with Mr. Gores for over 20 years and formerly served as President and CEO of The Gores Group. Mr. Diggins was instrumental in working with Mr. Gores to build the Firm's management team and infrastructure. In 1983, Mr. Diggins joined EBS as a sales representative. In 1980, Mr. Diggins began his career in sales management at Burroughs Corporation. Mr. Diggins earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Michigan State University.

Mark Stone

MARK R. STONE

Senior Managing Director
Mark Stone
MARK R. STONE

Senior Managing Director

Mr. Stone is a member of Gores’ investment committee and is responsible for alternative investments. Prior to joining The Gores Group, Mr. Stone spent nearly a decade as a Chief Executive transforming businesses across the services, industrial and technology sectors. Mr. Stone spent five years with The Boston Consulting Group (“BCG”) as a member of their high technology and industrial goods practices and served in BCG’s Boston, London, Los Angeles and Seoul offices. Mr. Stone earned a B.S. in Finance with Computer Science and Mathematics concentrations from the University of Maine and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Edward Johnson

EDWARD JOHNSON

Senior Managing Director
Edward Johnson
EDWARD JOHNSON

Senior Managing Director

Mr. Johnson is a member of Gores' investment committee and is responsible for leading the execution and negotiation of Gores acquisitions and divestitures in the healthcare and industrial sector. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Johnson was a Managing Director and Investment Committee member of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners III and IV, and DLJ Growth Capital Partners I. Prior to joining DLJ, Mr. Johnson worked for E.M Warburg Pincus & Co, LLC., The Boston Consulting Group, and Chevron Corporation. Mr. Johnson has a Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Steve Yager

STEVEN C. YAGER

Senior Managing Director
Steve Yager
STEVEN C. YAGER

Senior Managing Director

Mr. Yager is a member of Gores' investment committee and is responsible for originating and structuring transactions, and overseeing portfolio company exits. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Yager served as the President and CEO of Artemis International Solutions from 1997 to 2002. At Artemis, he led a turnaround and restructuring initiative and was responsible for the acquisition of Software Productivity Research, Inc. as well as the sale of Artemis to Proha Oyj, a publicly-traded Finnish software company. He was subsequently responsible for the reverse merger of Artemis into Opus360 and served as Chairman until 2005. Mr. Yager also served as CEO of Aonix, and was responsible for the restructuring of that company. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Yager served as the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Medaphis Physician Services.

From 1985 to 1994, Mr. Yager worked at Executive Business Systems (Alec Gores' first company) and its acquiror, Contel Business Systems, as a General Manager. Prior to EBS, Mr. Yager worked at Burroughs from 1978 to 1985 in a variety of Sales and Marketing positions. Mr. Yager earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Michigan.

Cathy Pollard

CATHERINE POLLARD

Managing Director & CFO, Office of the Chairman
Cathy Pollard
CATHERINE POLLARD

Managing Director & CFO, Office of the Chairman

Ms. Pollard joined The Gores Group in 1996 and has held various finance positions within TGG and its portfolio. Ms. Pollard is currently the Chief Financial Officer of The Gores Group and is responsible for financial management and fund administration for the firm. She has been involved in a significant number of Gores’ transactions, both purchases and sales, with responsibility for financial due diligence, operational oversight, deal structure and negotiation. Ms. Pollard was also the Managing Partner of Global Equity Capital, LLC from 2007 to 2011. Prior to joining Gores, Ms. Pollard spent 13 years in public accounting and was a partner with Freedman & Goldberg, a certified public accounting firm located in Detroit, Michigan. Ms. Pollard earned her B.S. in Accounting from Western Michigan University.

Jennifer Kwon Chou

JENNIFER KWON CHOU

Managing Director
Jennifer Kwon Chou
JENNIFER KWON CHOU

Managing Director

Jennifer Kwon Chou is a Managing Director of The Gores Group and Head of Investor Relations, Marketing and Firm Strategy. Ms. Chou has management responsibilities over the firm's global shareholder relations, capital raising, external communications, and corporate development functions. Since joining Gores in 2010, Ms. Chou has been responsible for raising capital across Gores' private equity funds and investments. Additionally, she oversees firm strategy and the development of new products and partnerships for the firm.

Prior to joining Gores, Ms. Chou was Director of Investor Relations at Sterling Partners, a multi-billion dollar private equity firm based in Chicago. Prior to Sterling, she worked in capital markets at Lehman Brothers in New York. She began her career at Public Financial Management and the Vanguard Group.

Ms. Chou currently serves as a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, a Los Angeles-based non-profit. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and also received an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Anthony Chirikos

ANTHONY CHIRIKOS

Managing Director
Anthony Chirikos
ANTHONY CHIRIKOS

Managing Director

Mr. Chirikos is responsible for leading due diligence efforts and evaluating and executing investments, divestitures and recapitalizations on behalf of The Gores Group. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Chirikos worked in the Investment Banking Department of Jefferies & Company, where he focused primarily on leveraged finance transactions and mergers & acquisitions assignments. Mr. Chirikos earned a B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

John Danner

JOHN P. DANNER

Managing Director, Operations
John Danner
JOHN P. DANNER

Managing Director, Operations

Mr. Danner is responsible for portfolio company oversight as well as leading operational due diligence efforts for the firm's investments. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Danner led the turnaround of America’s oldest wind turbine company as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Power Systems (TSX: NPS). Prior to joining NPS, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of a venture capital-backed biotechnology manufacturing company. Previously, Mr. Danner served for six years at PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI) where he held numerous executive leadership positions, helping transform the company from a broadly diversified defense contractor to a global leader in life sciences, and ultimately running the $450M life science tools group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Danner was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and an officer in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine force. Mr. Danner earned a B.S. with distinction in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. with distinction from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew Freedman

ANDREW FREEDMAN

Managing Director, Operations
Andrew Freedman
ANDREW FREEDMAN

Managing Director, Operations

Mr. Freedman is responsible for portfolio company financial and operational oversight and controls as well as leading due diligence activities. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Freedman was CFO of The Learning Company, where he helped lead a successful turnaround and sale of the company. Mr. Freedman held various financial management roles at The Learning Company, Broderbund and Mindscape from 1994 to 2002. From 1988 to 1994, Mr. Freedman held various financial management positions at Paramount Communications. Prior to 1988, Mr. Freedman spent four years in public accounting. Mr. Freedman earned a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Eric Harnish

ERIC HATTLER

Managing Director, General Counsel
Eric Harnish
ERIC HATTLER

Managing Director, General Counsel

Mr. Hattler is responsible for the legal aspects of the negotiation and execution of certain transactions. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Hattler was an associate at Riordan & McKinzie (now part of Bingham McCutchen), a Los Angeles-based law firm specializing in complex corporate transactions, where he represented a number of private equity groups and emerging growth companies. From 1988 to 1989, Mr. Hattler served as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney, focusing on operational issues. Mr. Hattler earned a B.A. from Amherst College, and earned J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Chicago.

Neal Pomroy

NEAL POMROY

Managing Director
Neal Pomroy
NEAL POMROY

Managing Director

Mr. Pomroy is responsible for identifying and leading Gores acquisitions, investments and divestments in Business Services, Healthcare and the corporate divestiture sectors. In addition, Mr. Pomroy provides strategy and operations support to Gores portfolio companies. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Pomroy was a Managing Director and Senior Partner at aPriori Capital LP; and as Managing Director, Global Operating Partner and Investment Committee member at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners III and IV. Prior to joining DLJ, Mr. Pomroy worked for Oliver Wyman / Mercer Management Consulting as North American leader of the Private Equity business and Financial Services. Mr. Pomroy is a graduate of the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce and earned his Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Edward Yorke

EDWARD YORKE

Managing Director
Edward Yorke
EDWARD YORKE

Managing Director

Mr. Yorke is responsible for sourcing and executing transactions across The Gores Group's investment strategies. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Yorke was a Managing Director at Lazard, where he was responsible for the firm’s North America Financial Sponsor Group. From 1998 through 2012, Mr. Yorke was a Managing Director and then Vice Chairman in Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Division. At Credit Suisse, he was a senior member of the firm’s high yield capital market group (1998 - 2000), Co-Head of its North America Financial Sponsor Group (2000 - 2008) and Co-Head of its North America Financial Institutions Group (2008 - 2010). Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Yorke was a Principal at Apollo Investment Partners, focused on distressed and private equity investments. Mr. Yorke received a Bachelor of Science from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctor from The New York University School of Law.

John Janitz

JOHN A. JANITZ

Senior Advisor
John Janitz
JOHN A. JANITZ

Senior Advisor

Mr. Janitz is Chairman and co-founding Partner of Evergreen Capital Partners LLC. Mr. Janitz supports The Gores Group by sourcing investment opportunities and advising on strategy, technology, manufacturing and operations matters in the industrial sector.

Evergreen has previously been engaged by TowerBrook Capital Partners where Mr. Janitz was a member of the Management Advisory Board and by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the Private equity arm of Credit Suisse where he held the position of Chairman – Global Industrial Partners. Prior to forming Evergreen, Mr. Janitz served as Co-Managing Principal for Questor Partners Funds, a $1 billion private equity turnaround fund. Before that Mr. Janitz was President, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board of Textron Inc. a NYSE-listed multi-industry company with over $12 billion in worldwide sales. Before Textron, Mr. Janitz was an Executive Vice President with TRW Inc. a multi-national company providing advanced technology products and services. In addition, he served as President of Wickes Manufacturing Company, and held a number of key executive positions with Wickes’ predecessor company, Gulf+Western Industries, Inc. Mr. Janitz began his career with Ford Motor Company.

Mr. Janitz holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, an M.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University and is a graduate of the Harvard University Advanced Management Program.

Dom Schiano

DOMINICK J. SCHIANO

Senior Advisor
Dom Schiano
DOMINICK J. SCHIANO

Senior Advisor

Mr. Schiano is the President and co-founding Partner of Evergreen Capital Partners LLC and a Senior Advisor to The Gores Group. Mr. Schiano supports The Gores Group by sourcing investment opportunities, and providing strategic, operational and financial guidance with respect to portfolio company investments in the industrial sector. He also serves as President of Gores Holdings II, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSHTU).

Evergreen has previously been engaged by TowerBrook Capital Partners where Mr. Schiano was a member of the Management Advisory Board and by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the Private equity arm of Credit Suisse where he held the position of Vice Chairman – Global Industrial Partners.

Prior to forming Evergreen, Mr. Schiano served as a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee of Questor Partners Funds. Previously, Mr. Schiano served in various senior operating, finance and M&A roles at Textron Inc., TRW Inc., Wickes Companies Inc., and its predecessor, Gulf+Western Industries Inc. Mr. Schiano began his career at Emerson Electric Company Inc.

Mr. Schiano attended Long Island University, majoring in Finance, the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School Management Development Program and the Northwestern University – Kellogg School Mergers and Acquisitions Program. He is a Six-Sigma Champion.

Andrew McBride

ANDREW MCBRIDE

Director, Finance & Tax
Andrew McBride
ANDREW MCBRIDE

Director, Finance & Tax

Mr. McBride is a Finance and Tax Director for The Gores Group, as well as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary for Gores Holdings II, Inc. Mr. McBride has served as Director, Finance and Tax at The Gores Group since February 2010, where he is responsible for tax due diligence and structuring of acquisitions, compliance, planning, financial management and portfolio company reporting. Mr. McBride also served as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Gores Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: GRSH) from January 2016 until completion of the Hostess acquisition in November 2016. Previously, from January 2008 to January 2010, Mr. McBride worked in the High Net Worth group at Ehrhardt, Keefe, Steiner, and Hottman, P.C. From January 2004 to January 2008, Mr. McBride worked with KPMG, LLP, assisting international corporations with tax planning, structuring and compliance issues. Mr. McBride holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Notre Dame and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Colorado.

Scott Erickson

SCOTT ERICKSON

Principal, Head of Origination
Scott Erickson
SCOTT ERICKSON

Principal, Head of Origination

Mr. Erickson is Head of Origination at The Gores Group and is responsible for identifying, originating and qualifying new platform and add-on investment opportunities across funds and industries. Prior to joining Gores in 2011, Mr. Erickson worked at Charter Communications, where he managed programming strategy and major product launches. Mr. Erickson holds an M.B.A. in Finance, with honors, from Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management and a B.S. in Business Administration, cum laude, from California Polytechnic State University's Orfalea College of Business.

Barrett Sprowl

BARRETT SPROWL

Principal
Barrett Sprowl
BARRETT SPROWL

Principal

Mr. Sprowl is responsible for leading due diligence efforts and evaluating and executing investments, divestitures and recapitalizations on behalf of The Gores Group. Since joining the firm in 2010, Mr. Sprowl has had experience across the technology, business services, industrial / building materials and healthcare industries. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Sprowl was an investment banker with UBS where he executed M&A, equity and debt transactions for clients primarily in the technology and business services industries. Mr. Sprowl holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Corporate Finance, cum laude, from the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California. He was also a member of the university’s varsity baseball team.

Joe Awad

JOE AWAD

Vice President
Joe Awad
JOE AWAD

Vice President

Mr. Awad is involved in many of Gores' legal functions, including the negotiation and execution of acquisitions, divestitures, debt financings, and general corporate matters for Gores and its portfolio companies. Mr. Awad earned a B.S. in Biological Science from the University of California, Irvine, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Kavita Bagga

KAVITA BAGGA

Vice President
Kavita Bagga
KAVITA BAGGA

Vice President

Ms. Bagga is responsible for investor relations efforts at The Gores Group. Prior to joining Gores, Ms. Bagga was Vice President of Investor Relations at Lion Capital, a consumer focused private equity firm. Prior to Lion, Ms. Bagga was employed by Helix Associates in New York where she was involved in the private placement of private equity and venture capital funds. Prior to this, she worked with MVision Private Equity Advisers and Merrill Lynch as an investment banking analyst in the Global Industries Group. Ms. Bagga received her B.S. from the University of Michigan.

Amanda Calender

AMANDA CALENDER

Vice President, Finance & Compliance
Amanda Calender
AMANDA CALENDER

Vice President, Finance & Compliance

Ms. Calender is responsible for finance, compliance, and tax oversight for The Gores Group including its portfolio companies. She manages various finance functions and administers the firm’s compliance requirements. Ms. Calender oversees tax due diligence and structuring of acquisitions and exits. She has extensive experience with accounting and tax issues for global companies and has been involved in a significant number of transactions during her career. Prior to joining Gores, Ms. Calender was a Senior Manager at KPMG and spent 12 years advising clients on complex tax and financial matters. Ms. Calender holds a B.S. in Business Administration, major in Accounting, from Drake University and a Master of Taxation from University of Denver.

Melissa Yager Evans

MELISSA YAGER EVANS

Vice President
Melissa Yager Evans
MELISSA YAGER EVANS

Vice President

Ms. Evans is a Vice President on the Origination team and is responsible for identifying, originating and qualifying new platform and add-on investment opportunities focusing primarily on the Healthcare and Industrials sectors. Prior to joining Gores in 2010, Ms. Evans worked at Hellman & Friedman, LLC. Ms. Evans has a B.A. in Journalism and Speech Communications from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Shawne Schorvitz

SHAWNE SCHORVITZ

Vice President, Finance & Accounting
Shawne Schorvitz
SHAWNE SCHORVITZ

Vice President, Finance & Accounting

Ms. Schorvitz is responsible for the oversight and financial reporting for all Fund entities. Prior to joining Gores, Ms. Schorvitz spent nine years at Frontenac Company, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm, where she was the Controller. Ms. Schorvitz earned a B.S. in Accountancy from DePaul University.

Brian Scott

BRIAN SCOTT

Senior Associate
Brian Scott
BRIAN SCOTT

Senior Associate

Brian Scott is a Senior Associate on the M&A team at Gores, and is actively involved with conducting due diligence on new investment opportunities, structuring and executing transactions, and supporting existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Gores in 2014, Mr. Scott was an Associate at Chicago Growth Partners, a middle market private equity firm focused on investing in growth businesses. Prior to joining Chicago Growth Partners, Brian was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Business Services Group at Robert W. Baird & Co. Mr. Scott holds a B.S. in Economics with a minor in Mathematics from Santa Clara University, and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Joseph Skarzenski

JOSEPH SKARZENSKI

Senior Associate
Joseph Skarzenski
JOSEPH SKARZENSKI

Senior Associate

Mr. Skarzenski works with senior M&A and Operations team members on evaluating and executing new investment opportunities and managing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Skarzenski was an investment banking analyst at Lazard Frères & Co., focusing on strategic and M&A advisory in the firm’s Healthcare group. Mr. Skarzenski holds a B.A. in Political Science (with a concentration in Game Theory and Formal Theory) and minor in Classics, and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with College Honors and Highest Departmental Honors.

Robert Lohse

ROBERT LOHSE

Associate
Robert Lohse
ROBERT LOHSE

Associate

Mr. Lohse is an Associate of the Gores Group. Prior to joining the Gores Group, Mr. Lohse worked as an Associate of Trilantic Capital Partners, and prior to that as an Analyst in the Alternative Assets Group at Citigroup in New York. Mr. Lohse holds a B.S. in Finance, with Honors and Distinction, from the University of Kansas.

Akshay Patel

AKSHAY PATEL

Associate
Akshay Patel
AKSHAY PATEL

Associate

Mr. Patel is an Associate of The Gores Group. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Patel was an Analyst with Perella Weinberg Partners’ M&A team. During his time at Perella Weinberg, Mr. Patel worked across the industrial, energy, healthcare, and consumer sectors. His engagements included a range of valuation, M&A due diligence, and strategic topics. Mr. Patel graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics.