JW Childs Bolsters Team With Three New Hires

Aug 22 2016 | 11:41pm ET

Buyout firm J.W. Childs Associates has hired former Grove Street Advisors executive Philippe Schenk as its investor relations head, and strengthened its due diligence, analysis and monitoring staff through the addition of Kyle Casella and Jess Yuan.

Prior to his new role, Schenk was a principal at private equity firm Grove Street Advisors and a director at Credit Suisse where he was most recently in the alternative capital Division. He is a CFA charterholder.

Casella, who will join J.W. Childs as a vice president, previously worked in the Boston office of Weston Presidio where he focused on investments in the consumer/retail and business services sectors, and at Wells Fargo Securities, where he advised middle market companies on M&A and leveraged finance transactions. 

Yuan, who comes aboard as an analyst, was previously an investment banking analyst for Deloitte Corporate Finance. 

“We are very pleased to welcome Philippe, Kyle, and Jess to the J.W. Childs team,” said Jeff Teschke, partner at J.W. Childs Associates, in a statement. “Philippe has extensive experience in investor relations and will be instrumental as we continue to grow our business. Kyle and Jess both have strong experience in our key sectors of consumer, retail, and healthcare. Their expertise will prove valuable as we seek new investment opportunities and continue to implement our operationally-focused value creation strategy.”

Founded in 1995 and Based in Boston, J.W. Childs specializes in LBOs and recapitalizations of middle-market growth companies. Since inception, the firm has invested in excess of $3 billion of equity capital in more than 40 best-in-class companies across the consumer, specialty retail and healthcare industries. 

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