Board of Directors
Mr. Amara founded and oversees Golden Gate Capital’s Industrials Investing Practice, which comprises 12 Companies aggregating to over $4 billion of revenues. The philosophy of the Industrials Practice is to invest in competitively differentiated market leaders and aggressively grow their earnings by prioritizing innovation and capital allocation. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of the University’s Graduate School of Education, one of the top ranked educational research Schools in the world.
Felix Lo is a Managing Director of Golden Gate Capital, which he joined in 2004. He focuses on private equity investments in the broader Industrial sector, including test and measurement, industrial distribution, industrial services, and sensors. Prior to joining Golden Gate Capital, Mr. Lo worked as an investment professional at Bain Capital and as a consultant at Bain & Company. Mr. Lo has an AB in Public Policy from Brown University.
Ms. Mastin is a seasoned CEO with over 25 years of leadership experience, most recently as CEO of Distribution International (DI), a leading distributor and fabricator of mechanical insulation products, and as CEO of MMI, a building products company. Before MMI, Celeste spent 17 years in the chemicals industry in various leadership roles, among them as VP of Ferro Corporation’s Color and Glass Performance Materials business, and VP of Bostik’s Nonwoven Adhesive division. She started her career at Shell Chemical Company. Celeste earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics from Washington State University (where in 2012 she was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering), and an MBA from the University of Houston. Celeste currently serves on the board of Granite Construction Co. (NYSE:GVA), and the advisory board for her school at Washington State University.
Robert Kirby is an Operating Partner with Golden Gate Capital. Mr. Kirby was previously CEO of Atrium. He was also the CEO of Vi-Jon, a leading private label manufacturer in the personal care market. Prior to this Mr. Kirby was CEO of Accellent, a leading contract manufacturer in the medical device market. Earlier in Mr. Kirby’s career, he was a GM and led R&D, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain at large cap companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark and Fort James. Mr. Kirby has broad based experience in Consumer Personal Care, OTC and Medical Devices. During his 30 year career he has led large scale and complex integrations of acquisitions, implemented lean processes and driven rapid, positive change.