OpenGate Capital, a global private equity firm, announced that Mr. Paul Bridwell joined the firm on November 5th, 2018, as Managing Director.
Based in Los Angeles, Bridwell He is leading operations and portfolio management for the firm’s North American-based investments.
He joins the OpenGate senior leadership team as a member of the firm’s Investment and Portfolio Committees. Bridwell immediately assumes the senior leadership role overseeing operations for the portfolio companies in North America acquired through OpenGate’s first institutional fund including Power Partners, Energi Fenestration Solutions, Hufcor and Mersive Technologies.
Prior to joining OpenGate, Bridwell was Partner and Managing Director – Head of Operations at a major private equity investment firm in New York City, where he established the firm’s first operations-focused group and developed a comprehensive operations approach compatible with that firm’s investment strategy.
He was also previously with Platinum Equity for 12 years, where he held several key roles first as an interim CEO for platform investments, then as Chief Restructuring Officer for the San Diego Tribune and American Commercial Lines. In his final three years at Platinum, Bridwell served as Chief of Staff, where he was integral in raising $3.75 billion for that firm’s third institutional fund.
Led by Andrew Nikou, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, OpenGate Capital is a global private equity firm specializing in the acquisition and operation of businesses to create new value through operational improvements, innovation and growth. Established in 2005, the firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with a European office in Paris, France.
To date, OpenGate Capital, through its legacy and fund investments, has executed more than 30 acquisitions including corporate carve-outs, management buy-outs, special situations and transactions with private sellers across North America and Europe.