Vincent Mai is Cranemere’s Founder and Chairman.
Prior to Cranemere, Vincent was CEO and / or Chairman of AEA Investors, a private equity firm founded to make investments on behalf of S.G. Warburg & Co., as well as the Rockefeller, Mellon, and Harriman families. During Vincent’s 20+ year tenure, AEA was ranked in the top 10 of 5,600 firms worldwide for the most consistent high performance by research firm Preqin1. At AEA Vincent served on numerous boards in a period where more than 80% of the value creation was driven by revenue growth and margin improvement. Vincent also served as Chairman of the AEA Mezzanine and Small Business funds.
Vincent was the former chairman of the board of Sesame Workshop, producers of Sesame Street, is a trustee of the American Academy in Berlin, a board member of the Julliard School, and has been a director of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of International Center for Transitional Justice, among others.
1 Based on the period of Vincent’s tenure, 1989 – 2011
Jeffrey Zients is the President of Cranemere.
Prior to Cranemere, Jeff served as the Director of President Obama’s National Economic Council. Jeff previously served as the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget and also was responsible for the technology turnaround of healthcare.gov.
Before serving in Government, Jeff served as the Chairman, CEO, and COO of the Advisory Board Company and Chairman of the Corporate Executive Board. During his tenure, these companies created more than $2 billion in equity value for shareholders.
Jeff also founded Portfolio Logic, an investment firm focused on healthcare and business services, serving on several portfolio company boards. With his wife Mary, he was part of the founding group of the Urban Alliance Foundation which provides economically disadvantaged youth with job training.
Vincent and Jeff are joined by a team of dedicated professionals with business building expertise across the United States and Europe who have collectively created several billion dollars of equity value, made more than 50 acquisitions, and worked together for many years.
Our shareholders are major families and institutions from the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Many of our shareholders have built businesses over multiple generations. They share our vision of long-term value creation and play an active role by lending their expertise.
Our shareholders have joined us because we manage risk carefully with conservative leverage; our model is a highly cost-efficient model for compounding free cash flow; we have an engaged, shareholder-led governance structure; aligned management incentives; and a long-term orientation that builds greater value in our companies.