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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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

Brendon	Kortekaas

Brendon Kortekaas

Principal

Operations
Remote
Jacob Kotzubei

Jacob Kotzubei

Co-President

M&A
Los Angeles

Jacob Kotzubei is co-president of Platinum Equity and a member of its Investment Committee. Among his responsibilities, Mr. Kotzubei leads the Los Angeles headquarters–based investment team and has oversight responsibility for the investment team in Asia. In addition, Mr. Kotzubei plays an active role in the management of the firm’s day-to-day activities as well as its strategic direction.

Mr. Kotzubei and his team led the acquisition of, divestiture of or investment in the following: 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),

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.

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, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Corporate Services
  • Los Angeles
Melissa Lawson

Melissa Lawson

Principal, Chief Compliance Officer

Corporate Services
Los Angeles

Melissa Lawson is Platinum Equity’s 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.

  • Lee, Grace
  • Principal
  • Corporate Services
  • Los Angeles
Grace Lee

Grace Lee

Principal

Corporate Services
Los Angeles

Grace Lee provides in-house counsel on legal affairs for the firm and its portfolio companies, with an emphasis on supporting the firm’s data privacy compliance efforts and human resources and marketing teams.

Prior to joining Platinum in 2020, Ms. Lee was Associate General Counsel at Incora (formerly Wesco Aircraft). Before Incora, she spent four years in the mergers and acquisitions group of Latham & Watkins.

Ms. Lee holds a BA in Business Administration and Information Systems from the University of Washington, an MSc in Analysis, Design, and Management of Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee

Principal

M&A
Los Angeles

Jonathan (Jon) Lee 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 2018, Mr. Lee worked at H.I.G. Capital, where he was focused on growth investments in technology and healthcare. Prior to H.I.G., Mr. Lee worked in the investment banking division of Jefferies.

Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the College of William & Mary.

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.

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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