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, 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
Managing Partner & CFO
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.
Director of Sustainability
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.
Director of Business Development
Mr. Rubio joined GCH Partners in 2016 and serves as the Director of Business Development.
Ignacio Rubio is a strategy specialist, with extensive experience in business development and project management. He spent the last 7 years of his career in the information technology business, working in Europe, Asia and North America.
Mr. Rubio is an analytical thinker with expertise in financial modeling and project valuation, financial markets and information technology. Ignacio holds a B.B.A and a Bachelor in Marketing & Market Research from University of Valencia, and a Masters in Business from EDEM Business School.
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, 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.
Assistant General Counsel
Mr. Chapman is part of the professional and legal deal teams at GCH in addition to his responsibilities at the Chapman Law Group, PLC and the Equine Law Group, PLC.
He has been an attorney since 1991, and also the principal of The Equine Law Group and an equine law practitioner, focuses his practice in complex commercial litigation matters concerning the small to medium size business, including purchase and sale of businesses, commercial contracts, asset protection, construction issues, employment issues, real estate matters and compliance issues and provides general counsel to his clients in a variety of business contexts. He represents creditors frequently in state and federal courts.
Mr. Chapman also has provided general counsel to the United States Polo Association and has experience in probate and family matters involving business succession, e-commerce, franchise litigation, securities disputes, professional business group formations and dissolutions.
State of New Jersey (1991)
United States District Court for District of New Jersey (1991)
State of Connecticut (1994)
United States District Court for District of Connecticut (1994)
United States Supreme Court (2000)
State of Florida (2001)
United States District Court for Southern District of Florida (2007)
United States District Court for Middle District of Florida (2008)
other state and federal courts by matter
Investigator and Prosecutor, Office of the State Courts Administrator, Mediator Qualifications Board, 2011-
Vice-Chair, Animal Law Committee of The Florida Bar, 2011 –
GCH Partners leverages a range of talented individuals to help drive its business activities globally.
Mr. Rhee is dynamic, results-driven senior executive with more than twenty years experience in IBM, Arthur Andersen, and SK Group. He has accumulated expertise in new business development, project planning and management, business strategy development, turnaround management, mergers & acquisition and business incubation through various industries such as insurance, banking, manufacturing, consumer product and retail. He has a proven track record in driving business transformation, setting strategic direction and building competitive positions for growing enterprises within fast-moving industries. He was also deeply involved in the venture capital investment community. He holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ms. Willson has extensive experience providing financial and transaction advice both as a merchant and a private banker. She has advised clients on dozens of transactions including private equity and debt financings; buy side acquisition advisory and exclusive sales; and recapitalizations for a broad range of consumer, healthcare services and technology companies. She provides financing, valuation and capital structure advice.
In addition to her advisory role with GCH Partners, Ms. Willson is a Managing Director of Hypatia Capital LLC, a PE firm with a boutique advisory practice focused on supporting diverse management teams, including women CEOs, in consumer, healthcare, fintech, and media and telecom sectors.
Prior thereto, Ms Willson was 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.
Tharald Nustad – Chairman and Business Development of Plastilin, Norway.
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.
Mr. Leong’s career spans more than 15 years and is a serial entrepreneur.
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.
Yasmine Pedersen’s experience is in real estate merchant banking, financial advisory, investment management, and operating companies in the sectors of real estate, clean tech, and commodities.
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.
Geof Rochester brings a deep and varied marketing background to his clients. A recognized thought-leader across corporate sustainability and CSR, NGOs, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs, he is highly sought after for his business acumen, insights and guidance, inspiration, and heart.
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).
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
GCH Partners professionals also bring significant relationship access to our China clients and partners seeking global alliances; access to international capital as well as management and technological know-how.
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.
China, Hong Kong & Asia:
GCH Partners professionals have extensive relationships built over many years in China. These relationships include those with governments, industrial and financial conglomerates, banks, funds, academic and research institutions, operating consultants, local accountancy firms, law firms, and real estate developers.
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.
GCH Partners Asia-Pacific operations focuses on cross-border investments, mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures, principally focused on institutional and national pension fund level direct investments. The purpose of which is to accelerate investor returns by partnering with alternative investment platforms, private equity and credit based funds, and enterprises based primarily in North America and Europe.
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
Managing Director Asia-Pacific
GCH PARTNERS ASIA PACIFIC
Brandon Rhee, Managing Director, GCHPartners 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
Managing Director Asia-Pacific
GCH PARTNERS ASIA PACIFIC
Jong Hae Lee, Managing Director, GCH 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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