Our People

Our People

Our People Make the Difference

 “Our people are everything. You can have a great strategy, but if you don’t have the people to execute, you have nothing. You can have a great mission statement, but if you don’t have the people who care about it, it’s not true.”

– Tom Gores, Chairman & CEO

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  • Koesler, Maxwell
  • Principal
  • M&A
  • Los Angeles
Maxwell Koesler

Maxwell Koesler

Principal

M&A
Los Angeles
  • Konig, Dori
  • Managing Director
  • Operations
  • Remote
Dori Konig

Dori Konig

Managing Director

Operations
Remote
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Dori Konig is responsible for the transition and integration of newly acquired companies into the Platinum Equity portfolio and driving long-term transformation plans tailored to the specific needs of each business. These efforts involve implementation of a broad range of highly-detailed operational improvements designed to have an immediate and significant impact on revenue, cash flow and profitability. Mr. Konig also has responsibilities related to post-transition monitoring and oversight of operational performance at certain portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Platinum Equity in 2013, Mr. Konig was with Alvarez & Marsal where he focused on the performance improvement and acquisition integration strategies for private equity portfolio companies across a variety of industries.

  • Koontz, Renee
  • Managing Director
  • Operations
  • Remote
Renee Koontz

Renee Koontz

Managing Director

Operations
Remote

Renee Koontz is responsible for managing the transition of newly acquired companies into Platinum Equity’s portfolio.

Ms. Koontz’s duties include formulating business plans for functional departments such as finance, sales, marketing, customer service, and human resources, and driving restructuring business processes as necessary. As a member of the operating council for certain portfolio companies, she also has responsibilities related to post-transition monitoring and oversight of operational performance.

Ms. Koontz came to work as the Director of Operations for Milgo Solutions, a Platinum Equity portfolio company, in

  • Kortekaas, Brendon
  • Principal
  • Operations
  • Remote
Brendon	Kortekaas

Brendon Kortekaas

Principal

Operations
Remote
  • Kotzubei, Jacob
  • Partner
  • M&A
  • Los Angeles
Jacob Kotzubei

Jacob Kotzubei

Partner

M&A
Los Angeles

Jacob Kotzubei is a Partner and member of Platinum Equity's Investment Committee, leads the Los Angeles headquarters-based investment team, and has oversight responsibility for the investment team in Asia. In addition, Mr. Kotzubei plays a substantial role in raising capital from limited partners for the firm’s investment funds. Mr. Kotzubei and his team led the acquisitions of or investments in: SourceOne Healthcare (formerly Diagnostic Imaging), Geologic, CompuCom Systems, Turf Care Supply (formerly a division of Lesco), ESM Group, PNA Group, SDI, Broadleaf Logistic (formerly Canwel Building Products, a division acquired from Weyerhaeuser), Ryerson, Keystone Automotive, SCM Metal Products and Ecka Granules, Ahern Rentals, Canvas Systems, KEMET Corporation, Pomeroy,

  • Krasner, Dan
  • Managing Director
  • M&A
  • Los Angeles
Dan Krasner

Dan Krasner

Managing Director

M&A
Los Angeles

Dan Krasner is responsible for the structuring and execution of acquisition and divestiture transactions. As a member of the operating council for portfolio companies, he also has responsibilities related to post-acquisition monitoring and oversight of add-on and divestiture transactions.

Prior to joining Platinum in 2003, he spent five years in the mergers and acquisitions group of Paul Hastings. Mr. Krasner received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University Law School.

  • LaDuke, Jason
  • Managing Director
  • Operations
  • Remote
Jason LaDuke

Jason LaDuke

Managing Director

Operations
Remote

Jason LaDuke is responsible for managing the transition of newly acquired companies into Platinum Equity’s portfolio. He also has responsibilities related to post-transition monitoring and oversight of operational performance at certain portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Platinum Equity in 2011, Mr. LaDuke worked for Marakon. Mr. LaDuke led initiatives with Fortune 500 clients in the manufacturing (auto and aerospace), energy and healthcare industries.

Mr. LaDuke holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

  • Lawson, Melissa
  • Principal
  • Corporate Services
  • Los Angeles
Melissa Lawson

Melissa Lawson

Principal

Corporate Services
Los Angeles

Melissa Lawson is Platinum Equity’s Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the compliance program.

Ms. Lawson joined Platinum Equity in 2019. She previously was Senior Director at Fitch Ratings, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, and AGC, CCO and Corporate Secretary at Annaly Capital Management’s broker-dealer and registered investment advisor.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Central Connecticut State University, a Juris Doctor from American University, and a Masters of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

  • Lopez, Johnny
  • Partner
  • Business Development
  • Los Angeles
Johnny Lopez

Johnny Lopez

Partner

Business Development
Los Angeles
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Along with Mr. Gores, Mr. Lopez has led the deal teams on many of Platinum's major transactions, including negotiations with the Illinois insurance regulators to acquire Broadspire Insurance Services, working directly with Alcatel's former President to produce Platinum's first European acquisition which later became NextiraOne, as well as negotiating with BASF and Deutsche Bank to acquire Dystar from three of Germany's most significant chemical companies (Bayer, BASF, and Aventis Hoechst). In addition, Mr. Lopez has worked as one of Platinum's transaction ambassadors throughout the European continent where he and other senior Platinum executives introduced the Platinum business model in late 2001.

  • Louie, Matthew
  • Managing Director
  • M&A
  • Los Angeles
Matthew Louie

Matthew Louie

Managing Director

M&A
Los Angeles

Matthew Louie is responsible for the structuring and execution of acquisition and divestiture transactions. He also has responsibilities related to post-acquisition monitoring and oversight of operational performance at certain portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Platinum Equity in 2008, Mr. Louie was an investment professional at American Capital Strategies, a middle-market focused private equity firm. Prior to American Capital, Mr. Louie worked in venture capital and growth equity at both Canaan Partners and Agilent Technologies, as well as in investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette


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