Investment Team
Daniel S. O’Connell

Daniel O'Connell

Founder and CEO

Dan is the CEO and founder of Vestar, and he also serves as Co-Head of the Consumer group. Dan has been a director of over 35 companies over the years through our Vestar and First Boston investments and is currently a director of IRI and Roland Foods.

He was formerly 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 Cardinal Spellman HS and Treasurer of the Cardinal Spellman HS Foundation, Trustee Emeritus of Brown University, and a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Investment Advisory Committee.

Originally from the Bronx, New York, Dan is married with five children and lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.