AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC Welcomes Honorio Padron III to the Operating Executive Board
New York, NY – May 22, 2012 – AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC ("AUA Equity") announced today that it has welcomed Honorio Padrón III to the Operating Executive Board. Mr. Padrón III is a global senior executive with over 35 years of experience in operations management, business services, outsourcing, and customer experience design, and has helped transform numerous businesses. Mr. Padrón III currently serves as managing director of The Hackett Group Inc., a global strategic advisory firm, where he focuses on global business services and information technology and completed the rollout of a new global business services practice. Before working at the Hackett Group Inc., Mr. Padrón III held senior executive positions at CompUSA, Inc., Pepsico Restaurants Group, Inc., and Burger King Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Accellion, Quantum Crossings Inc., and San Jose Marketing & Advertising Network. In 2001, he was awarded Hispanic Business Magazine's "Top 50 Most Influential Hispanics" in the U.S. In 2006, he was appointed to serve on the Presidential National Healthcare Task Force and in 2007, he was awarded Latino Coalition's "Lifetime Achievement" award. Mr. Padrón III graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a BS in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering in 1975.
Managing Partner Andy Unanue said "We are pleased to welcome Honorio to the Operating Executive Board of AUA Equity. His distinguished career across various senior executive roles at Fortune 500 companies and intimate knowledge of business services gained from more than three decades of experience is an undoubted boon for the firm. We intend to leverage Honorio’s indisputable reputation, deep industry insight, and operational and strategic direction in optimizing the performance of our portfolio companies. We welcome Honorio’s participation in our firm and look forward to his ongoing efforts."
About AUA Private Equity Partners
AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC ("AUA Equity") is a New York-based, operationally-focused, lower middle-market private equity firm. The firm makes equity investments in companies in the consumer, media and business services sectors with a particular focus on Hispanic-oriented companies and family-owned businesses located in the United States. AUA Equity will leverage its experience investing in Hispanic-oriented companies and its proven successes in developing and penetrating the U.S. Hispanic market. The firm is led by Andy Unanue, former COO and current shareholder of Goya Foods, Inc., the largest and most successful Hispanic-owned food company in the United States. Unanue is complemented by a team of investment professionals with significant institutional private equity experience. AUA Equity makes equity investments of $10 to $30 million in companies that generate $3 to $15 million in EBITDA.
For more information on AUA Private Equity Partners, visit www.auaequity.com.
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