Investment Team
Daniel S. O’Connell

Founder and CEO

Dan is the CEO and Founder of Vestar. Over his 40 year career in private equity, Dan has been a director of over 35 companies through our Vestar and First Boston investments and is currently a director of IRI and Roland Foods.

He was formerly Managing Director & Co-Head of the Management Buyout Group of The First Boston Corporation, where he worked with other members of Vestar’s founding team.  He began his career at investment bank Dillon, Read & Company.

He has a BA in Political Science from Brown University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Dan is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Cardinal Spellman High School in The Bronx, NY, and a Trustee Emeritus of Brown University.