charlton--picKevin Charlton ('95)

Co-Chairman of NewHold Enterprises


Kevin Charlton has spent twenty years in private equity and is currently the Co-Chairman of NewHold Enterprises, which invests in lower middle market industrial companies, and is President and COO of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: HCAC), a special purpose acquisition corporation. Previously he was with JPMorgan, Investcorp, and Macquarie.  He has developed strong relationships with management teams, deal sources, co-investors, and due diligence providers through extensive transaction and asset management experience. Kevin is based in New York, New York.

Kevin has served on more than twenty-five Boards of Directors in all relevant roles, and in almost all cases as Chairman or Lead Director on behalf of the majority owner; he has a strong reputation working in partnership with management to develop and execute a strategic agenda. He is currently on the Boards of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: HCAC), Spirit Realty Capital (NYSE: SRC), Daseke (NASDAQ: DSKE), Dancing Deer Baking Company and Macro Energy.

Kevin has successfully sold to strategic and financial investors, maximized value through the staged exit to separate buyers, and taken companies public. This includes companies in aerospace, automotive, playground manufacturing, sporting goods, housewares, gourmet goods, industrial fabric, water infrastructure, petroleum drilling tools, bunkering and heavy duty trucks parts distribution.

Additional experience includes four years at McKinsey and three years in the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Kevin received his BSE Cum Laude from Princeton University, his MSE with Distinction from the University of Michigan, and his MBA with Honors from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.