John D. Howard is a Co-Managing Partner of Irving Place Capital and has more than 30 years of private equity investing experience in the retail and consumer products and industrial industries. Prior to founding Irving Place Capital in 1997, he was the co-CEO of Vestar Capital Partners, a private investment firm specializing in management buyouts. Previously, Mr. Howard was a Senior Vice President and Partner of Wesray Capital Corporation, one of the foremost private equity sponsors and a pioneer in the leveraged buyout business.
Mr. Howard earned his M.B.A. from Yale School of Management and B.A. degree from Trinity College.