John D. Howard

John has more than 30 years of private equity investing experience in the consumer products, retail, and industrial industries. He founded Bear Stearns Merchant Banking in 1997 and spun it off from JP Morgan as Irving Place Capital in 2008. Prior to forming Irving Place, John was the co-CEO of Vestar Capital Partners, a private investment firm specializing in management buyouts. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President and Partner of Wesray Capital Corporation, one of the foremost private equity sponsors and a pioneer in the leveraged buyout business.