George K. Kollitides II is an operationally-oriented, private equity executive. During his 27 years as a business leader, Mr. Kollitides developed an investing and operating philosophy rooted in the GE system of management and Six Sigma that focuses on people, processes and systems to ensure repeatable outcomes. Mr. Kollitides has applied his techniques in leadership and management to help start or build five private equity firms, as well as to transform the numerous companies in which he invests. He focuses on North American, middle-market companies that exhibit the potential for business improvement or arenon-core totheir owners andcan benefit from capital and sophisticated operating partners to drive change and improve performance.
Mr. Kollitides enjoys building businesses and leading teams and duringhis career has mentored many investment and operating professionals in his system. As a player/coach, he led investments indozens of companies in a variety ofsectors.He served as a Chairman, Lead Director or Director on public, private and non-profit boards, including as a member or Chairman of Compensation and Audit Committees,and he has served as a CEO, overseeing a billion dollar private equity-owned company.
Mr. Kollitides’ foundational experiences, which span four primary phases including Finance, Operations, Entrepreneurship and Leadership, began at GE where he was trained to solve problems and lead teams. During his tenure with GE he led seven restructurings, several leveraged financings and was a founding member of GE Equity, where he led private equity investments. GE sponsored Mr. Kollitides’ MBA in Finance and Management of Organizations, marrying his transaction skills with his keen interest in operations, where he believes real value is created. Upon graduating, Mr. Kollitides continued in private equity, ultimately founding his own firm, TenX (now Tenex), which focused on operationally-oriented, middle-market investing and was backed by Cerberus Capital Management. After successfully completing several transactions, Mr. Kollitides led the integration of TenX into Cerberus to gain access to more capital. Until late 2011, Mr. Kollitides remained a Managing Director at Cerberus where he was responsible for building the private equity business by establishing processes and recruiting, training, and leading junior and mid-level staff. He had co-primary responsibility for all non-Managing Director investment professionals, while making investments and managing a portfolio. Further, Mr. Kollitides helped institute the protocols for underwriting and approval of investments, while creating a portfolio management process and rhythm.
In 2012, the opportunity to run a portfolio company arose, and Mr. Kollitides saw a chance to further hone his leadership and operations skills. As Chairman and CEO ofabranded consumer products manufacturing company, Mr. Kollitides was responsible for a portfolio of highly recognizable consumer brands,sold through complex global channels,four million plus square feet of manufacturing, over 3,000 employees and regulatory oversight from three U.S. federal agencies. During histenure, Mr. Kollitides rebuilt the leadership team, consolidated operations, improved systems and planningand entered growing,adjacent businesses. He simultaneously navigated a difficult legal and political environment and a company sales process. He successfully led the company through its challenges, while significantly growing revenues and returning over 170% of invested capital.
Currently,Mr. Kollitides isa Managing Director and Co-head of A&M Capital Opportunities, a $500 million operationally-oriented, middle-market, private equity firm, where he sits on the Investment and Conflicts Committees. He also sits on the Boards ofadMarketplace, a search advertiser, Champion ONE, LLC, Dutchland Plastics, LLC and Precision Gear Inc., a supplier to the U.S. military and various military aviation programs.
Mr. Kollitides is passionate about youth, community service and education. He is a Trustee of the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation, sits on the Good Sports New York Advisory Board and is a youth athletics coach. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Orthopedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles, where he was the 2010 Leadership Award recipient. He was a member of the Lafayette College Board of Trustees’ Financial Policy Committee, a board member of DOMUS, a residential program for vulnerable Connecticut youth, and a South Salem volunteer fireman for ten years. Mr. Kollitides holds a U.S. Department of Defense Top Secret clearance and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”).
Mr. Kollitides received an MBA in Finance and Management of Organizations from Columbia Business School in 1998 and a BA in Economics with a Minor in Government and Law from Lafayette College in 1991. He resides in New Canaan, CT. with his wife Karen and their three sons.