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: Bargain Hunt, Beauty by Imagination, Diverzify+, Fleetwash, Funko, Igloo Products, 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, GBarbosa Comercial, Grupo Sala, idX, 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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Founder, Managing Partner

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).

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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Operations and Treasury Manager

Matthew Campanelli

Matthew Campanelli is an Operations and Treasury Manager at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2020, Mr. Campanelli was the Chief Operating Officer at Limiar Capital Management, a Virginia-based...

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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. Mr. DeAraujo began...

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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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Assistant Controller

Weiyan Huang

Weiyan Huang is an Assistant 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,...

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Analyst

Kenneth Hurley

Kenneth Hurley is an Analyst 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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Director

Ricardo Jiménez

Ricardo Jiménez is a Director at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2012, Mr. Jiménez was an Associate at Credit Suisse’s Mexico City office in the Investment Banking department, where he...

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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 Manager

Emily Joo

Emily Joo is a Tax 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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Senior Compliance Officer

Kent N. Knudson

Kent N. Knudson is a Senior Compliance Officer at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2019, Mr. Knudson was a Director in the Asset Management Consulting Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers for 20...

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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 ACON, Mr. Kriger was an independent consultant working with various private equity clients, including...

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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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Principal

Stefan Leon

Stefan Leon is a Principal at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2015, Mr. Leon was an Analyst at Raymond James, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions transactions within the Security,...

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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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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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Senior Analyst

Phil McQuitty

Philip McQuitty is a Senior Analyst at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON in 2019, Mr. McQuitty was an Analyst at Houlihan Lokey, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions transactions within...

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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, operations, tax and corporate shared services functions at Indigena Capital, a privately...

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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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Senior Associate

Ryan Rice

Ryan Rice is an Associate 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...

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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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PARTNER, INVESTOR RELATIONS

Meena Thever

Meena Thever is a Partner and 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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Analyst

Tejas Tope

Tejas Tope is an Analyst at ACON Investments. Prior to joining ACON as an Analyst, Mr. Tope was a summer intern at ACON in 2018.

Mr. Tope holds a B.S. in Business with co-concentrations in Finance...

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Principal

Melissa Truong

Melissa Truong is a Senior Associate 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...

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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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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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