Investment Team
Jeffrey Ansell

Senior Advisor

Jeffrey Ansell has been a consumer packaged goods executive for 35 years, rising to Corporate Officer of a large public company, and then CEO on two occasions of mid-size private equity portfolio companies. From 2011–2016, Mr. Ansell was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Sun Products Corporation, a leading North American fabric and household products company and former Vestar portfolio company, with well-known brands such as ‘all®, Wisk®, Snuggle® and Sun, plus high quality private label retailer brands.

At Sun Products, Jeff recruited top talent, overhauled the Company’s strategy, streamlined the portfolio, strengthend core brands while launching exciting innovation, and implemented a new business model that created competitive advantage and re-shaped the Company’s infrastructure as part of a multi-year cost reduction effort. In turn, Jeff, along with his senior leadership team, played a critical role in the successful sale of Sun Products to strategic buyer Henkel AG for $3.6 billion. Pitchbook, a leading research and analytics firm serving financial sponsors, ranked the transaction a “top 5 private equity exit” of 2016.

Prior to joining Sun Products, Mr. Ansell served as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Pinnacle Foods Group from 2006–2009, a company of iconic food brands that were acquired from many of America’s largest food and consumer products companies. Jeff and his team developed and implemented the foundational strategy that ultimately enabled a successful IPO and Pinnacle as an acquisition platform.

Mr. Ansell began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1981, where he spent 25 years. He progressed through positions of increasing responsibility spanning multiple business units and geographies. He was named Corporate Officer and a member of P&G’s Global Leadership Council in 2001.

From 1999 until leaving P&G in 2006, Mr. Ansell served as President of P&G’s Pet Care business, a global business unit created when P&G acquired The Iams Company in 1999. At the time, this $2.3 billion acquisition was the largest ever by P&G, creating a global footprint of Iams and Eukanuba pet nutrition products sold in more than 70 countries around the world.

Appointed P&G Vice President in 1996, Mr. Ansell had General Management responsibility for the North American Baby Care business. He led a portfolio that included Pampers, P&G’s largest global brand. Prior to that, he was General Manager of P&G’s Western European Baby Care business with responsibility for 16 countries and based in Germany. He began his career in brand management in P&G’s Food & Beverage Division, working on brands such as Folgers, Pringles and Sunny Delight.

Mr. Ansell was honored by Fast Company in 2005 as one of “The Fast Fifty,” which recognizes peak performance achieved through innovation. In 1997, he was named a “Top 100 Marketer of the Year” by Advertising Age. Mr. Ansell served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and also served as Chairman of the GMA Science and Regulatory Affairs Council, and Chairman of GMA’s Personal Care and Household Products Board.

Mr. Ansell is presently a member of the Board of Directors of IRI, a market research and shopper information firm, and a member of the Board of Directors of Roland Foods, an importer of high quality specialty foods from around the world and current Vestar portfolio company.

A graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, since 2010 Mr. Ansell has served as a member of the Dean’s Council Advisory Board of Indiana’s Kelley School. He is originally from the metropolitan New York area, and he and his wife reside in Connecticut and have three grown children.

The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the recent hate crimes and incidents against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including the attack on Vilma Kari are only the latest examples of centuries of racism, brutality, and discrimination against BIPOC people in our country. These events cannot be tolerated. Nor can they be observed in silence. They go against everything we stand for as individuals and as a firm, and they demand a response.

Vestar stands with those who fight against social injustice and condemns the prejudice and inhumanity so brutally demonstrated and clearly witnessed. We have always strived to do the right thing in our everyday business activities, but we realize now that isn’t enough, and we are committed to listening, learning, and doing more.

All of us at Vestar are recommitting to taking steps to effect permanent change. Beyond our longer-term commitments, Vestar has taken immediate steps to make changes within our own operations, including:

i.) Establishing the Equity, Inclusion and Community (“EIC”) Committee, which seeks to promote and provide ongoing educational resources and regular events on topics of anti-racism, equality, and social justice for all employees

ii.) Providing all employees with unconscious bias training

iii.) Conducting anonymous internal surveys to assess employee perceptions of the inclusivity of our culture

iv.) Improving our recruitment and retention initiatives by expanding our pipeline of candidates, conducting off-cycle hiring, and partnering with groups like SEO, a non-profit that provides educational and career programs to underserved and/or under-represented young people, to connect us with talented undergraduates for internships at our firm