Investment Team
Winston Song

Managing Director, Co-Head of Consumer

Winston is a Managing Director and Co-Heads Vestar’s Consumer Group.  He currently serves as a director of Simple Mills, Nonni’s Foods, Presence Marketing and Woodstream.  Winston is also a member of the Investment Committee for BIGR Ventures.  Other current and prior portfolio company involvement includes Birds Eye Foods, Hearthside Foods, IRI, Sun Products and Sunrise Medical.

Prior to Vestar, Winston was a member of the Global Leveraged Finance Group at Lehman Brothers.  He began his career in the Strategic Partners Group at CSFB, Credit Suisse’s private equity secondary fund.  Winston holds a BS in Economics-Political Science from Columbia College, Columbia University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He is also a member of the board of BRIC Arts Media, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn.

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