Team

ACON’s team of investment professionals has years of investing, operating, strategy consulting and financial advisory experience. Our funds are supported by our high caliber financial and legal professionals with extensive experience in private equity, partnership finance and administration and regulatory compliance matters. At ACON, we value diversity. We are proud to have approximately 70% of our employee base represented by women and those with diverse backgrounds.

Founding Partners

Founder, Managing Partner

Bernard Aronson

Bernard Aronson is a Founder and Managing Partner of ACON Investments. Prior to co-founding ACON in 1996, Mr. Aronson was International Advisor to Goldman Sachs for Latin America. From 1989 through 1993, Mr. Aronson served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs under Presidents Bush and Clinton. Following his tenure, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the State Department’s highest honor. Mr. Aronson serves on the Board of Directors of Sequitur Energy Resources, an ACON fund portfolio company. Mr. Aronson has previously served on numerous boards of ACON fund/investment vehicle portfolio companies, including among others, Mariner Energy (NYSE:ME) and Northern Tier Energy (NYSE:NTI). Mr. Aronson previously served on several public company boards, including Hyatt Hotels, Royal Caribbean International and Liz Claiborne. He currently serves on the board of Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LIND). In addition, Mr. Aronson is a Director for the National Democratic Institute and the Amazon Conservation Team. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomats. In February 2015, Mr. Aronson was asked by President Obama to serve as U.S. Special Envoy for the Colombian peace process. Following his service, he was again awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Mr. Aronson has published opinion pieces in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Republic and The Huffington Post, among other publications.

Mr. Aronson holds a B.A. with Honors in Humanities from The University of Chicago.

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Founder, Managing Partner

Kenneth Brotman

Kenneth Brotman is a Founder and Managing Partner of ACON Investments. Prior to co-founding ACON in 1996, Mr. Brotman was a Partner of Veritas Capital, a New York-based private equity investment firm. Prior to joining Veritas, Mr. Brotman was an Associate at Bain Capital and served as a Principal of Wasserstein Perella Management Partners. Mr. Brotman serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the following ACON fund portfolio companies: Atlantic Sustainable Catch, Bargain Hunt, Beauty by Imagination, Diverzify+, Fleetwash, New Era, Novipax, ProEnergy, SUZOHAPP and True Value. In addition, Mr. Brotman serves on the Board of WattBridge, a developer and operator of peaking power solutions enabling renewable energy growth. Mr. Brotman has previously served on numerous boards of ACON fund/investment vehicle portfolio companies, including Carulla Vivero, Fairway Media Group, Fiesta Mart, Florimex International, Funko (NASDAQ:FNKO), GBarbosa Comercial, Grupo Sala, idX, Igloo Products, Refac/U.S. Vision, Spencer Spirit (Spencer’s Gifts and Spirit Halloween) and SAE Towers. Outside of ACON, Mr. Brotman was a member of the Board of Directors of Foundation Carulla, one of Colombia’s most successful early childhood development and education non-profits for underprivileged children, and previously served as its chairman. The Foundation was funded with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Carulla Vivero, a prior ACON fund portfolio company.

Mr. Brotman received a B.S.e, cum laude, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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Jonathan Ginns

Jonathan Ginns is a Founder and Managing Partner of ACON Investments. Prior to co-founding ACON in 1996, Mr. Ginns was a Senior Investment Officer at the GEF Funds group. Previously, Mr. Ginns was a Management Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Ginns often serves on the board of ACON fund/investment vehicle portfolio companies. Among his current positions, Mr. Ginns serves on the board of Sequitur Energy Resources. Mr. Ginns has also previously served on the Board of Directors of several public companies including Mariner Energy (NYSE:ME) and Northern Tier Energy (NYSE:NTI), each realized ACON fund portfolio companies and Optimal Group (NASDAQ:OPMR)  In addition, Mr. Ginns served on the Board of Directors of ACON S2 Acquisition, a strategic sustainability-focused special purpose acquisition company that was publicly traded (NASDAQ: STWOU) prior to completing a business combination with ESS Inc. (NYSE: GWH).

Mr. Ginns received a B.A. in History from Brandeis University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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Our Team

Associate

Juan Pablo Archila

Juan Pablo Archila is an Associate at ACON Investments. Prior to commencing to consult for ACON in 2021, Mr. Archila was a Corporate Finance Associate at Amfora Packaging (an ACON portfolio company),...

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Director

John Morgan Barr

John Morgan Barr is a Director at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2009, Mr. Barr worked at private equity firm Fox Meadow Capital Partners, where he focused on sourcing and executing investments...

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Partner

Mo Bawa

Mo Bawa is a Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2005, he was an Associate with Constellation Commodities Group where he was responsible for origination, structuring, evaluation and...

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Managing Partner

Andre Bhatia

Andre Bhatia is a Managing Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2000, Mr. Bhatia was with Newbridge Latin America, an affiliate of the Texas Pacific Group, in Brazil, where he was responsible...

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Vice President, Capital Formation & IR

Matthew Campanelli

Matthew Campanelli is a Vice President, Capital Formation and Investor Relations at ACON Investments. Mr. Campanelli joined the firm in 2020 as a Treasury and Operations Manager. Prior to this he was...

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Director of Finance

CJ Cimino

CJ Cimino is the Director of Finance at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2015, Mr. Cimino was a Vice President at The Rock Creek Group, a DC-based asset management firm, where he managed the...

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Principal

Alfonso Corcuera

Alfonso Corcuera is a Principal at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2018, Mr. Corcuera was an Associate at Rothschild & Co in the Investment Banking division based in Mexico City, where...

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Partner

Mauricio Cortés

Mauricio Cortés is a Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2009, Mr. Cortés worked as a Senior Associate with GP Investments, one of the largest Brazilian private equity firms, and...

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Analyst

Marta de Oca

Marta de Oca is an Analyst for ACON Southern Europe Advisory. Prior to joining ACON Southern Europe Advisory, Ms. de Oca worked at Tikehau Capital in the Private Debt team in London. Prior to that,...

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Operating Partner

Alex DeAraujo

Alex DeAraujo is an Operating Partner who works directly with certain portfolio companies of funds sponsored by ACON Investments providing advice on a range of operational issues, including value creation...

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Operating Director

Santiago Delgado

Santiago Delgado is an Operating Director who works directly with certain portfolio companies of funds sponsored by ACON Investments providing advice on a range of operational issues. Mr. Delgado began...

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Partner

Gino Dellomo

Gino Dellomo is a Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2006, he was an Associate with the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at Friedman Billings Ramsey,...

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Managing Partner

Jorge Dickens

Jorge Dickens is a Managing Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2008, Mr. Dickens was a Vice President at Darby Overseas Investments, where he was responsible for investment and monitoring...

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Partner

Rodrigo Galvão

Rodrigo Galvão is a Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2014, Mr. Galvão spent two years with 3i Group, the international private equity fund manager, most recently as a Partner,...

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Partner

Alberto Hernandez

Alberto Hernandez is a Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2013, Mr. Hernandez was a Managing Director with the manager of Arco Capital Corporation from 2007 to 2013, where he was...

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Controller

Weiyan Huang

Weiyan Huang is a Controller at ACON Investments. Ms. Huang originally joined ACON Investments in 2017 as a Fund Accounting Manager supporting the Latin American and European fund platforms, and subsequently...

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Associate

Kenneth Hurley

Kenneth Hurley is an Associate at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2021, Mr. Hurley was an Analyst at UBS Investment Bank, where he worked on leveraged finance transactions across a variety...

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Administrative Director

Diana Isunza

Diana Isunza is an Administrative Director at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2019, Ms. Isunza was the Regional Finance Controller at Colony Capital in Mexico City. Prior to joining Colony...

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Managing Partner

Daniel Jinich

Daniel Jinich is a Managing Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2000, Mr. Jinich was a senior investment professional with Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, based in Dallas. Prior to...

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Fund Accounting Manager

CJ Jittachalothorn

Chonlathit Jittachalothorn is a Fund Accounting Manager at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2016, Mr. Jittachalothorn was a Senior Fund Accountant at Tinicum, a New York-based private equity...

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Partner

Anjali Jolly

Anjali Jolly is a Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2017, Ms. Jolly was the founder of DuMonde Management, LLC, an advisory firm that provided strategic and corporate development...

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Tax Senior Manager

Emily Joo

Emily Joo is a Tax Senior Manager at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2020, Ms. Joo was a Senior Tax Manager at KPMG in its Business Tax Services group where she worked on a variety of clientele...

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Managing Partner

Jose Miguel Knoell

Jose Miguel Knoell is a Managing Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 1998, Mr. Knoell was a Vice President with the Blackstone Group from 1994 to 1998, where he was responsible for...

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Executive Partner

Adam Kriger

Adam Kriger is an Executive Partner at ACON Investments. Mr. Kriger joined the firm in 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Kriger was the Senior Vice-President and Head of Global Strategy for McDonald’s Corporation...

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Partner

Suma Kulkarni

Suma Kulkarni is a Partner at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2008, Ms. Kulkarni was a Senior Associate with the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at Friedman...

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Managing Partner

Stefan Lindemann

Stefan Lindemann is a Managing Partner and co-founder of ACON Southern Europe Advisory. Prior to co-founding ACON Southern Europe Advisory, Mr. Lindemann was a Partner at SWC, where he was responsible...

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Managing Partner

Marcos Llado

Marcos Llado is a Managing Partner and co-founder of ACON Southern Europe Advisory. Prior to co-founding ACON Southern Europe Advisory, Mr. Llado acted as an advisor on a number of private equity transactions...

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Director

Emiliano Machado

Emiliano B. Machado is a Director at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2009, Mr. Machado was an Associate with Credit Suisse’s Latin America Investment Banking Group in New York. Prior to...

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Associate

Pedro Mariani

Pedro Mariani is an Associate at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2021, Mr. Mariani was an Equity Research Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he covered publicly listed Latin...

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Investment Director

Jaime Marin

Jaime Marin is an Investment Director for ACON Southern Europe Advisory. Prior to joining ACON Southern Europe Advisory, Mr. Marin was an Investment Manager at SWC. Prior to SWC, he was a Senior Analyst...

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Principal

Javier Martin

Javier Martin is a Principal for ACON Southern Europe Advisory. Prior to joining ACON Southern Europe Advisory, Mr. Martin was an Investment Associate at SWC. Prior to SWC, he was a Senior Analyst at...

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Controller

David Menges

David Menges is a Controller at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2020, Mr. Menges led the finance, tax, treasurt and corporate shared services functions at Indigena Capital, a privately held...

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Finance and Administrative Manager

Elena Minguez

Elena Minguez is the Finance & Administrative Manager for ACON Southern Europe Advisory. Prior to joining ACON in 2021, Ms. Mínguez was the lead ESG ratings coordinator under the Executive Chairman’s...

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Director

Santiago Polo

Santiago Polo is a Director at ACON Investments. Prior to commencing to consult for ACON in 2014, Mr. Polo was a Senior Associate at Altra Investments, a private-equity firm focused on middle-market...

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Principal

Ryan Rice

Ryan Rice is a Principal at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2017, he was an Analyst at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions transactions across a variety...

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Managing Partner

Aron Schwartz

Aron Schwartz is a Managing Partner at ACON Investments. Mr. Schwartz joined the firm in 2014. Previously, Mr. Schwartz was the founder of Constructivist Capital, which worked with family offices and...

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Operating Partner

Drew Scielzo

Drew Scielzo is an Operating Partner who works directly with certain portfolio companies of funds sponsored by ACON Investments providing advice on a range of operational issues. Mr. Scielzo began working...

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Managing Partner

Marcos Semmler

Marcos Semmler is a Managing Partner and co-founder of ACON Southern Europe Advisory. Prior to co-founding ACON Southern Europe Advisory, Mr. Semmler was a Partner at SWC. Prior to SWC, he spent nine...

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Associate

Fernando Tena

Fernando Tena is an Associate at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2022, Mr. Tena was an analyst at Nexxus Capital in the Private Debt division based in Mexico City, where he participated in...

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Partner, Head of Capital Formation & IR

Meena Thever

Meena Thever is a Partner, Head of Capital Formation and Investor Relations at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2021, Ms. Thever was a Partner at Bridge Investment Group, a $26bn real estate...

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Finance Senior Manager

Eric To

Eric To is a Finance Senior Manager at ACON Investments. Prior to joining in 2021, Mr. To was a Senior Tax Manager at EY in its Asset Management group where he provided tax compliance and planning services...

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Principal

Melissa Truong

Melissa Truong is a Principal at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2016, she was an Analyst at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions transactions across...

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Principal

Ankit Vaish

Ankit Vaish is a Principal at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2021, Mr. Vaish was an Associate at The Carlyle Group, where he worked on a variety of transactions involving mergers and acquisitions...

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Chief Financial Officer

Masumi Waida

Masumi Waida is the Chief Financial Officer of ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2019, Mr. Waida was a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Mount Kellett Funds at Fortress Investment...

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Associate

Brett Weidemeyer

Brett Weidemeyer is an Associate at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2022, Mr. Weidemeyer was an Analyst on the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Ahold Delhaize, one of the world’s largest...

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Senior Accountant

Claire Woo

Claire Woo is a Senior Accountant at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2018, Ms. Woo was an Accounting Manager at the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) Washington Center, where she...

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Director

Diogo Yano

Diogo Yano is a Director at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2014, Mr. Yano was an Associate in 3i Group plc’s São Paulo office, where he worked on a variety of transactions in a wide range...

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