Vestar Capital Partners Promotes Brian O’Connor

Author: Mendoza College

Vestar Capital Partners has promoted Andrew Cavanna and Brian O’Connor to managing director; John Stephens was promoted to principal, and David Kestnbaum was promoted to vice president. Cavanna joined the firm in 2006 and is a member of its healthcare team. O’Connor is a member of Vestar’s Consumer team. He joined the firm in 2000. The firm also announced that Norman Alpert was named head of Vestar’s Consumer Sector. Alpert is a managing director and one of the founders of the firm.

“We believe these promotions are a well-deserved recognition of our team’s talent and performance. We are pleased to recognize the contributions of these individuals and we look forward to sharing the benefits of their efforts with our partners in the future,” said Dan O’Connell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vestar.

Mr. O’Connor is a member of Vestar’s Consumer team. He joined Vestar in 2000 from DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, spending two years at the firm prior to attending business school, rejoining Vestar in 2004. Mr. O’Connor holds both a BA and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.