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Managing Directors | Deal Partners | Executive Circle

 

Managing Directors

Blue Horizon Team

John Hommeyer | Alan Nichols | Scott Wu

Blue Horizon’s team of three Managing Directors, John Hommeyer, Alan Nichols and Scott Wu, offers a unique blend of investing and operational expertise.  The team has over 50 years of experience in private equity, consumer products, media, technology, and investment banking, with a track record of building shareholder value and delivering exceptional investment returns.  The team has worked together in various capacities over multiple years.

John H.John Hommeyer.  Mr. Hommeyer brings over 20 years of general management, corporate development and marketing experience in a wide range of consumer-oriented businesses in U.S. and international markets. As vice president/general manager from 2003 – 2006, Mr. Hommeyer helped lead a comprehensive “health and wellness” strategy and business plan overhaul for the Clorox brand.  As Vice President of Growth and a member of the Clorox Leadership Council from 2006, Mr. Hommeyer led growth strategy, mergers and acquisitions, environmental sustainability and corporate development activity.  Mr. Hommeyer was at the forefront of the Burt’s Bees acquisition and creation of Clorox’s new “Eco-Office,” a multi-functional team leading risk mitigation, footprint reduction and green growth initiatives. 

Prior to Clorox, Mr. Hommeyer served as a top executive at two start-ups, Hotwire and Pets.com. Most notably, as chief marketing officer at Hotwire, Mr. Hommeyer helped create one of the most successful travel companies in recent history, an enduring brand franchise that enjoys high customer loyalty.

Mr. Hommeyer spent eleven years in Procter & Gamble’s brand management operation, where he drove successful turn-arounds, including revitalization of P&G’s Pampers business in Japan.  He is a Director of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national organization focused on transforming youth sports, Board Chair and Director of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation and a Director of Sugar Bowl Ski Corporation. Mr. Hommeyer earned a BA from Dartmouth College.

Alan H. Nichols, Jr.  Alan Nichols has over 25 years of experience in private equity, operations and investment banking.  Most recently Mr. Nichols was an Operating Partner at Golden Gate Capital, a $9 billion private equity firm focused on middle market growth and buyout opportunities in the technology, consumer, media and financial services industries.  While with Golden Gate Capital, Mr. Nichols served on the Boards of Max Media, LLC and Sign Storey, Inc. prior to its sale to CBS.
Prior to his position with Golden Gate Capital, Mr. Nichols held senior management roles in two highly successful business turnaround situations.  From 1993 to 1999 Mr. Nichols was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chronicle Publishing Company, a privately held diversified media company engaged in television broadcasting, newspaper and book publishing, cable television, and various Internet businesses.  Prior to his time at Chronicle Publishing, Mr. Nichols was EVP and CFO of BET, a cable programming service targeting an African American audience.  Mr. Nichols represented the Company in its IPO as an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston and then joined the Company as CFO.

Mr. Nichols began his career on Wall Street, where he advised technology and media clients as a corporate finance executive at Salomon Brothers and Credit Suisse First Boston.  Mr. Nichols earned his BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia Business School where he was a Samuel Bronfman Fellow.

S WuScott Wu  Mr. Wu has over 16 years of experience in private equity and investment banking.  Prior to Blue Horizon, Mr. Wu participated on the investment team of a middle market investment vehicle, where he was actively involved in two successful natural resources investments. He also advised a family foundation in San Francisco on investing in the environmental sustainability sector. Prior to this, he was a co-founder and General Partner of FTVentures (FTV), a private equity firm with over $600 million of capital under management.  While at FTV, Mr. Wu was the partner with primary responsibility for identifying key trends and opportunities, deal sourcing, and managing the firm’s investment team.  He led or was actively involved in over a dozen of FTV’s successful investments.  During this period, he was an active speaker and panelist at conferences hosted by leading industry organizations.  In May of 2001, he was named by “Future Banker” (Thomson Financial publication) as number 10 on the list of “25 Most Influential Personalities in Financial Services.”

Prior to FTV, Mr. Wu was an investment banker at Montgomery Securities and at Morgan Stanley.  During his investment banking tenure, Mr. Wu was involved in over 60 transactions with an aggregate value of over $25 billion in financial services, business services, technology, consumer retail and real estate. 

Additionally, Mr. Wu is currently the president of Aim High, an educational organization focused on inner city disadvantaged youths, and an Executive Officer of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a nearly 100 year old organization based in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Wu earned a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University.


Deal Partners

Manfred Krikke.  Mr. Krikke has over 14 years of experience in private equity, investment banking and operations, and is actively involved in managing his family’s business, a sporting goods distributor.  Prior to Blue Horizon, Mr. Krikke co-founded a $125 million investment firm focused on structured investments in middle market public companies.  Mr. Krikke was also a partner at TPG Ventures, where he evaluated software, internet, lower middle market, growth equity and clean tech opportunities for the firm.  Prior to TPG, Mr. Krikke worked at Montgomery Securities.


Executive Circle Members

Blue Horizon supplements its internal capabilities by creating an Executive Circle network for transaction sourcing, network building, and active involvement with its management teams.  Blue Horizon’s Executive Circle provides a wealth of industry and operating experience to identify investment opportunities and to assist in portfolio management issues.  Their value-added roles also include making key customer introductions, recruiting executives, and performing due diligence when needed.
The Managing Directors will be supported by this extensive network of executive talent in each of the sub-sectors in which Blue Horizon invests.  This team is comprised of leaders in each of Blue Horizon’s focus areas:  Sustainability Products and Services, Natural Consumer Products, Green Media and Marketing Services, Health and Sustainability Technologies, and Active and Healthy Lifestyles.