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Berkshire Partners appoints new managing director

Boston-based private equity firm Berkshire Partners has appointed EJ Whelan as Managing Director effective 1 January, 2012. He joins the 13 current Managing Directors of Berkshire in managing the firm and its affiliated investment funds.

Whelan joined Berkshire Partners in 2005. He has worked extensively with Berkshire’s consumer products, retail and business services companies. Prior to Berkshire, Whelan worked at Summit Partners for two years and also served on the management team at Sterling Auto Body Centers, a Berkshire portfolio company. Whelan began his career at Bain & Company as an associate consultant. He received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Berkshire’s investment staff is comprised of 47 professionals who have a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, including operations, consulting and finance. The original team, which came together in the mid-1980s, has expanded significantly as the firm’s capital base and investment scope have grown.


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