Gregory Mark Hill
Mr. Hill’s experience is in investment banking, global capital markets, and China emerging market and Asia region business – he is regular speaker at such places including Columbia Business School, NYU Stern, and Harvard University’s Project for Asian and International Relations.
Prior to GCH Partners, Mr. Hill served as Managing Director and Member of the Executive Committee for BDO/Trenwith Securities, and built its China based Wholly Owned Foreign Entity serving as its CEO.
Prior thereto, he was a Board Director and General Partner at V2V Ventures, a Beijing licensed Sino-US VC and IT Consulting Joint Venture Firm with Tsinghua University Enterprise Group and Tsinghua VC called Tsinghua Venture Capital Management.
Before Tsinghua, Mr. Hill worked on Wall Street and completed more than 100 transactions with a volume over $28 billion in public and private LBO, IPO, M&A, and Loan capital market transactions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Deutsche Bank, and The Bank of New York.
Major clients included Amazon, Apple, ATT, Alcoa, AMD, American Express, Broadcom, Conexant, Coleman Lanterns, Dell, Earthlink, Exxon, E*Trade, GM, General Instruments, Heinz, IBM, Intel, J&J, Laminex, Lexmark, The Limited, Macy’s, Marvel Comics, Microsoft, P&G, Revlon, PPG, RF Micro Devices, Philip Morris/Kraft, Rockwell, SEPTA, Xerox, TD Ameritrade, Tech Data, Texas Instruments, Victoria Secret, Westinghouse, Zhone Technologies.
Mr. Hill also serves from time to time as senior advisor to leading social entrepreneurial, impact, health and educational philanthropic organizations such as Ashoka and The Nature Conservancy.
Mr. Hill is a graduate in Economics from Trinity College.
Gregory Mark Hill
Mr. Saulnier is a Managing Partner & CFO, and has broad and deep experience in mergers and acquisitions and the capital markets both as an investment banker and as CFO of a private equity backed telecommunications company. He has advised clients on more than 70 transactions including public and private equity and debt financings; M&A and exclusive sales; and complex recapitalizations for a broad range of industrial and consumer, manufacturing and service companies.
Prior to joining GCH Partners, Mr. Saulnier was Managing Partner of Harding Capital LLC, a financial advisory firm, focused on middle market companies in the telecommunications, manufacturing, industrial services and consumer products sectors.
Prior thereto, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Country Road Communications, LLC from 2000 to 2005. As CFO, he helped grow operating EBITDA more than seven times in a five year period via acquisitions and implementing cost efficiency programs. From 1983 to 1999 Peter held positions in investment banking at several firms including Drexel Burnham Lambert, PaineWebber, Smith Barney, Bear Stearns and SG Cowen, the U.S. based investment banking division of Société Générale.
He founded the Paper, Forest Products and Packaging Industry Coverage Group at Smith Barney in 1994 and ran a similar group at SG Cowen where he also had responsibility for managing Société Générale’s $500 million bank loan portfolio and worked closely with the bank’s European based M&A staff on cross boarder business.
Mr. Saulnier holds a BA degree in Political Economy from Williams College, an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and was elected an Edward Tuck Scholar.
Jose V. Fernandez
Mr. Fernandez is a former Consular Officer of the Consulate General of Spain in New York and a VP of Business Development at The Global Good Fund where he unearthed his passion for reclaiming the word “business” until it embodies sustainability and positive social impact by uniting public, private and nonprofit sectors into a new way forward.
Mr. Fernandez began his career in diplomacy as a Trade Officer for the Embassy of Spain to help compatriot entrepreneurs internationalize into foreign markets, teaching best practices learned during his international experience at L’Oréal and ING.
A certified chartered economist and founding member of Citizens, the fourth political power in Spain, Mr. Fernandez gave a voice to his nation’s struggling families as the party’s Speaker and candidate to the European Parliament and local elections until 2012.
A social advocate by day and entrepreneur by night, Mr. Fernandez co-founded and governed three non-profit organizations and a business venture in Spain. He also earned an MBA from the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo.
Mr. Meissner joined GCH Partners in 2016 and serves as the Director of Sustainability.
Mr. Meissner spent the first 12+ years of his career working in market intelligence, business development and strategy functions within the global telecommunications industry. Most recently he was VP of Strategy for the Home Division of Orange, where he was responsible for developing long term strategy for the senior management of the company and coordinating strategic planning across the companies in Orange’s global footprint. Mr. Meissner has an MBA from Tulane University in International Management and Technology Strategy and has utilized these skills while living and working in multiple countries throughout his career.
Mr. Meissner has always had a strong personal commitment to environmental issues and chose in 2013 to transition his career to focus on leveraging public and private financial markets to address critical sustainability issues. To facilitate this transition, Mr. Meissner completed his Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University, where he concentrated on sustainable finance and water-related issues.
Mr. Hathiramani is a Senior Fellow with GCH Partners focused on new technologies, Ai and accelerating traditional industries with enabling technologies.
With nearly 20 years in the Finance industry, Mr. Hathiramani has held several executive positions within the Global Markets, trading, operations and technology architecture sectors at BBVA and Natixis.
Mr. Hathiramani began his career in the IT industry, consulting and implementing software platforms for Siemens UK and Diageo UK.
Mr. Hathiramani completed an Executive MBA from IESE, earned a Masters in Finance from CEMFI and also holds an Economics degree from the University of Malaga, Spain.
Ms. Jung is an Operations Manager for GCH Partners. Ms. Jung works on research, data base, and IT projects and also manages the “GCH China Readiness Tool” for our clients and prospects seeking to enter China.
Prior to GCH Partners, Ms. Jung served in various capacities from technical services support, sales and marketing, financial and compensation analysis as well as internships across several industries including financial, technology, and bio-technology at Fortune 1000 companies such as Global Reinsurance Corporation, and DELL, where she received multiple performance awards.
Ms. Jung was a Merit Scholar with a B.S in Atmospheric Science from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, and received a Masters in Science in Statistics from Rutgers University.
Mr. Czech is a Senior Fellow with GCH Partners focused on Central Eastern Europe opportunities and expanding them internationally to North & South America and the Asia Pacific regions.
Mr. Czech has held three global roles in the technology sectors in the last 15 years working extensively in a business development, operations and sales capacity actively serving in a governance and leadership role with those founders and management teams.
Additionally, Mr. Czech brings a wealth of experience in private social networks, publishing and enterprise-level solutions. He has worked in over 45 different countries in his business career to date and has a clear understanding of how to position and prepare companies to scale their global businesses across three different verticals including EdTech, HealthTech and GovernmentTech.
Mr. Czech has educational background in Marketing and Law with a Masters in Science in Management from the University of Gdańsk, Poland.
In addition to her advisory role with GCH Partners, Ms. Willson is a Managing Director with Transnational Capital Corporation, a cross-border advisory firm that provides capital formation, financial restructuring, and merger and acquisition advisory services to emerging growth companies. Transnational Capital is a member of FINRA and SIPC.
Prior thereto, Ms Willson was a Managing Director with Hypatia Capital, a PE firm with a boutique advisory practice supporting diverse management teams. Prior to that she was a Managing Director, and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, and prior to that with Bessemer Trust. Before Bessemer, Ms. Willson founded and ran Mille Capital, a midmarket private equity and mergers & acquisitions firm, and was a co-manager of TriCapital Ltd. a Bermuda-based closed-end investment company with $600 million of fixed income investments.
She started her merchant banking career at Drexel Burnham. She has also served as the Vice Chair of Avalence LLC, a clean tech company. Ms. Willson has held various board positions with non-profits, including serving as treasurer of a foundation, member of an audit committee, as well as co-chair of alumni class fundraising.
Ms. Willson holds a BA degree from Harvard College, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Nustad has experience and expertise in the following fields: IT development, web design, 3D visualization, video production, finance, business, real estate development, strategy, media, marketing, EVs.
In addition to involvement in Plastilin, Mr. Nustad is principal owner and chairman of property company Mallin AS. He is socially engaged and is a member of Ashoka Support Network, an organization that works to help develop social entrepreneurs and their organizations.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from the US.
He has significant experience in the health & wellness sector and e-commerce and restaurant industries. He also has real estate development, management and marketing since 2002.
Prior to 2002, he was a technology professional at Avanade and Accenture LLP. Representative clients included large corporates such as American Express, Credit Suisse First Boston, Johnson & Johnson, Merrill Lynch and The Wall Street Journal.
David is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Information Technology.
Ms. Pedersen was an Asset Manager for Taconic Investment Partners focused on Taconic’s real estate portfolio management activities. Previously, Ms. Pedersen served as a key development and acquisitions executive for Island Capital overseeing real estate activities for their portfolio company Island Global Yachting. Prior to Island Capital, Ms. Pedersen was Director of Retail Development for Giorgio Armani overseeing their US real estate portfolio including development and concept design of stores. In addition, Ms. Pedersen’s experience includes serving as CEO of Quest Group, a nationwide facilities management company serving Fortune 500 companies.
Ms. Pedersen studied in Switzerland at Les Roches Hotel Management School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate from New York University.
Most recently, he served in global roles as Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer of The Nature Conservancy, where he was responsible for steering the organization’s marketing, membership and visibility strategies. Prior, he held the positions of Executive Vice President for Marketing at World Wrestling Entertainment and Senior Vice President for Marketing at Showtime Networks. Earlier in his career, he served in senior marketing positions with Comcast Communications, Radisson Hotels International and Proctor and Gamble.
Rochester holds board positions and consults with several nonprofit organizations, helping them advance their missions through strategic marketing efforts. He speaks regularly on the topics of brand purpose and sustainability. Rochester is a graduate of Georgetown University and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Rochester has been serving as a board member of ecoAmerica since 2013, Sustainable Ocean Alliance since 2015, and MMGY since 2016. His board experience also includes Sustainable Brands (2016 – 2017), Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL, 2015-2017), Georgetown University Alumni Board of Governors (2014-2017), and Cable Television and Marketing Association (CTAM, 2005-2007).
Under his leadership TNC received The Harris Poll EquiTrend Environmental Nonprofit Brand of the Year (2013), DMA Nonprofit Federation Nonprofit Organization of the Year (2012), and the PR News Nonprofit PR Awards nomination in 2013. He was also awarded Cable World Magazine’s Top 50 Minorities in Cable (2004-2007), and Cable Magazine’s “Faxie” for Best Marketer in Cable (2007).
Rochester has spoken at the Blockchain for Social Impact Summit (2018), Sun Valley Forum on Resilience (2017, 2018), The Association of National Advertisers/Business Marketing Association (ANA/BMA, 2017), Facebook Nonprofit Conference (2014), Sustainable Brands (2016, 2017), Smith College Global Women’s Summit (2014), and DMA Mobile Marketing Summit (2014).
Colin is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Skoolbo, an education technology company focused on improving literacy and numeracy outcomes for millions of children, originally launched in 2013 in Singapore to 56,000 schools worldwide.
He has built significant partnerships with some iconic global brands including the English Premier League, Indian Premier League, the All Blacks and ChuChuTV.
Colin has been responsible for some partnership building with new emerging assets such as ChuChuTV, the world’s largest preschool YouTube channel, producing ChuChuSchool for preschoolers and their parents, and has rolled out in English with planned companion apps.
Colin holds a Diploma in International Law, Anglia Polytechnic University, Masters in Coaching Studies, Heriot-Watt University, and BS with Honors in Psychology & Biology, Oxford Brookes University.
Boards & Chair Positions
Colin is the Chair of Peerz Academy a UK based startup aiming to disrupt the private global private tutoring market with an innovative peer-based tutoring model.
Colin has worked with Women in Sports as a Trustee involving work to improve Women’s Health by increasing participation in sport and fitness and in partnership with the BBC.
As part of the extended team, GCH Partners additionally has an internship and fellowship program for aspiring talent from leading academic institutions, including:
New York University 2016-2017
Fordham University 2015-2016
Columbia University 2014-2015
Amherst College 2013
Colgate University 2012
Boston University 2011
The Wharton School 2009 – 2010
New York University 2009
Our extensive experience allows us to effectively support China’s outbound M&A initiatives. We form secure relationships with those enterprises seeking our assistance in advising and executing their long term global growth goals leveraging world trade flows and management talent, investment and growth capital, and market knowledge from the US.
We consistently work with officials and professionals from these entities to assist us in executing our clients’ and partners’ strategic objectives; from establishing their initial foot print to expanding their operating presence throughout China.
Sector area focus is in three primary areas include i) alternative, PE, SPV, hedge fund focused financial platforms, ii) technology and fintech, and iii) biotech and healthcare investment opportunities. The key secondary focus on general industries where technology may accelerate the value of those enterprises and can directly benefit from resources Asia in the form of capital investment, partnership development, and sales distribution channels into South Korea, Hong Kong and the greater China region.
Brandon (BumGoo) Rhee
GCH PARTNERS ASIA PACIFIC
Brandon Rhee, Managing Director, GCH Partners Asia-Pacific responsible for cross border activities principally between South Korea and USA & Europe. In addition to serving as GCH Partners Asia-Pacific operations executive, he also serves as CEO of TSC Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Rhee’s career spans nearly 20 years and as a serial entrepreneur in the Technology Sector, Sports Marketing (e-commerce) and Entertainment industries. During this time, he developed extensive experience in fund raising, business development & strategy, and cross-border M&A. Mr. Rhee has also managed a boutique advisory company providing financial restructuring, fund raising, strategic direction to a manufacturing focused bio-technology sector company.
Previously, Mr. Rhee began his career in Procter & Gamble, Korea, and had learned best practices and fundamentals such as Sales Finance, Brand Analysis, Business Development, and Strategy Functions. While there, he developed significant local and international experience and was responsible for multiple international projects focused on ROI and ROE for P&G.
Mr. Rhee is a graduate of Business Administration at Yonsei University, South Korea.
Jong Hae Lee
GCH PARTNERS ASIA PACIFIC
Jong Hae Lee, Managing Director, GCH Partners Asia Pacific is responsible for cross border operational, consulting, research & development and business intelligence and optimization, principally between South Korea and USA & Europe. In addition to serving as GCH Partners Asia-Pacific operations executive, he also serves as President of Progressive Digital Media Korea (a Global Data Company).
Mr. Lee’s career spans nearly 18 years in several director, advisor and manager roles across the Data Base & Software Technology and Consulting Sectors. He has also worked at major global brands including Oracle & SAP and Accenture & PriceWaterhouseCoopers, respectively.
Previously, Mr. Lee began his career at LG, one of the largest South Korean conglomerates “Chaebols”, where he was trained in Research & Development and work directly on projects as well as with many international teams developing globally competitive products.
Mr. Lee holds both Masters and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology), South Korea.
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