Gryphon Investors, a San Francisco, CA-based private equity firm, has added Wes W. Lucas as a Partner.
Mr. Lucas, 54, an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of experience in both the C-suites of global Fortune 500 corporations and private companies, will have responsibilities including co-leadership of the firm’s Industrial Growth Group.
Prior to joining Gryphon, he served as Chief Executive Officer and board member of Sirva, a worldwide relocation and moving company with sales of approximately $2 billion across nearly 1,500 locations globally and approximately 100,000 employees.
Previously, Mr. Lucas served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Sun Chemical, a producer of printing inks and pigments with approximately $3.5 billion of revenue in 110 countries during his leadership.
Other prior positions include Chief Executive Officer and President of Quebecor World, President of Styrenics Nova Chemicals, Co-Founder and CEO of BioMass Capital (a renewable energy company), Founder and CEO of OpenWebs, Co-Chairman of Kodak Polychrome, Vice President of AlliedSignal, and Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Lucas holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the University of California, Berkeley.
Led by David Andrews, Founder and CEO, Gryphon Investors is a private equity firm focused on enhancing middle-market companies in partnership with experienced management. Managing over $2.6bn of equity investments and capital since 1997, the firm has an extensive track record of leading equity investments of $50 million to $200 million per portfolio company with sales ranging from approximately $100 million to $500 million.
Gryphon closed its fourth private equity buyout fund, Gryphon IV, in November 2016 at $1.1 billion, and raised a $100 million captive mezzanine fund, Gryphon Mezzanine Partners, L.P., in August 2017.