Calera Capital Names Bianco Operating Partner

May 11 2016 | 7:01pm ET

Middle market private equity company Calera Capital has named former Menlo Worldwide CEO Robert Bianco as an operating partner. 

A veteran logistics specialist, Bianco will assist Calera with investments in the transportation and supply chain management space, with a particular emphasis on third-party logistics. The company plans to commit $40 to $200 million per investment in the space, across a range of transaction types to include recapitalizations of private and public companies, corporate divestitures, and growth equity investments. 

Bianco has more than 25 years of experience building and leading successful logistics and transportation management enterprises, according to a statement. For the last 13 years, he was president and CEO of Menlo Worldwide, a leading provider of logistics services including transportation management, value-added warehousing, distribution and brokerage.  As an independent supply chain start-up within Con-way Freight, Mr. Bianco helped lead that business from the ground-up to approximately $1.7 billion in revenue. Before Con-way was acquired by XPO Logistics in October 2015 for $3 billion.  

“Bob is well-known to Calera through his involvement with a former Calera portfolio company and his extensive experience in the third party logistics space,” said James Halow, managing director at Calera. “We are excited to be adding him as an operating partner as he is a high-caliber, seasoned executive with a long track record of building businesses in the third-party logistics sector,” he added. 

Founded in 1991 by James Farrell and Robert Jaunich, Calera Capital focuses primarily on opportunities in business services and specialty industrials through substantial equity investments in middle-market businesses with enterprise values between $100 million and $750 million. The firm manages more than $2.9 billion in capital. 

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