Boston, MA – Capstone Partners, a leading middle market investment banking firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Managing Director Kenneth Wasik. Mr. Wasik will lead Capstone’s Consumer & Retail Group.
“We have seen explosive growth in our Consumer & Retail coverage efforts over the last couple of years with a significant backlog of deals,” said John Ferrara, CEO of Capstone. “Ken is a seasoned leader in the consumer products industry, and we are excited to have him at the helm as head of a ten-person strong sector team. He is a perfect cultural fit for our clients and our firm, and we look forward to his contributions to our ongoing strategy and growth plans.”
Capstone President, Phil Seefried, added, “Ken brings an impressive track record in consumer products with a consistent history of closing leading transactions and providing superior client service. He’s the type of banker that simply loves spending time with founders and management teams. His intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for the sector are immediately evident. His expertise and intimate buyer knowledge give his clients a tremendous advantage.”
As an investment banker, Mr. Wasik has completed transactions for many high-profile consumer product companies, including the recent sale of the largest consumer recreational boat company, one of the largest lawn mowing manufacturers, a highly branded personal care company and several well-branded e-commerce companies, among others.
“I am excited to be part of the Capstone team. They are one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic investment banks on Wall Street,” said Kenneth Wasik. “It’s reputation for having a superior client-focused strategy and world-class bankers was a strong draw for me. I join an already successful Consumer & Retail practice with strong industry expertise.”
Ken joins Capstone from Stephens Investment Bank, where he started and led the Consumer Products Group, which focused on middle market, branded consumer product and e-commerce companies. Prior to Stephens, he was responsible for building out Houlihan Lokey’s Consumer and Retail coverage. Ken began his career in Investing Banking at UBS in New York, NY, where he primarily supported coverage and execution of large consumer goods companies. Ken will be stationed in the firm’s New York office.
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