Arthur is the Portfolio Manager and a Managing Partner of Tensile, a firm he co-founded in 2012. He oversees the public equity investing process - focusing on sourcing, researching, and executing public investments. Prior to founding Tensile, Arthur was a Managing Partner, member of the Investment and Management Committees and the Head of Public Equity at Blum Capital. He also served on the board of JDA Software Inc. until its sale to RedPrairie. Arthur started his investment career at Fir Tree Partners and subsequently was an investment partner at Blavin & Company. He previously worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and practiced commercial and securities litigation at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Arthur earned a BA in Economics with Honors from Johns Hopkins University and a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.
Doug is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Tensile. He leads the firm's private equity activities and focuses on sourcing, researching, and executing both public and private investments. Prior to co-founding Tensile, Doug was a Managing Partner, member of the Investment and Management Committees and the Head of Private Equity at Blum Capital. Previously, Doug was a Managing Director and Co-Owner of FdG Associates, and prior to FdG, an investment banking Analyst and Associate with Merrill Lynch & Co. Doug has served on 30 boards of directors, including 14 as Chairman. He received a BS in Accountancy with High Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and passed the CPA examination in 1995.
Dan joined Tensile at its inception and is the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer of Tensile. Prior to Tensile, Dan was the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and a Managing Director of J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC, where he also served on the firm’s Investment and Operating Committees. Previously, Dan was a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (now known as Irving Place Capital) and, prior to that, was the Chief Financial Officer of Trivest Partners. Dan previously spent nine years in public accounting at Kaufman, Rossin & Co. He received a BS in Accountancy from the University of Florida.
Investment and Other Professionals
Shelley joined Tensile at its inception and is the Director of Research, leading the qualitative due diligence of prospective investments and current portfolio companies. Prior to Tensile, Shelley was a Principal at Blum Capital and, prior to Blum, was an Analyst in the manager selection group at Soros Fund Management. Shelley started her investment career as a Research Analyst at Blavin & Company. Shelley was previously a reporter and then an investing editor for Fortune Magazine as well as a producer for CNBC Asia. She earned a BA from Brown University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Lake joined Tensile Capital Management as a Senior Analyst and is a member of the investment team. Prior to Tensile, Lake was a Senior Analyst at Valiant Capital Partners where he evaluated global equity investment opportunities across public and private markets. Previously, Lake was an Investment Analyst at Citadel LLC / Lodge Hill Capital and, prior to that, an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Morgan Stanley. Lake earned an AB in Applied Mathematics (cum laude) from Harvard University.
Ted joined Tensile Capital Management as a Principal and is a member of the investment team. Prior to Tensile, Ted was a Principal at Sixth Street where he focused on sourcing, executing and managing investments in the private equity and credit markets. Previously, Ted was Vice President at Oaktree Capital Management on the Private Equity and Special Situations team and, prior to that, an Investment Banking Analyst at Moelis & Company. Ted earned a BS in Commerce with Distinction from the University of Virginia.
Stefan Hortnagl Vonblon
Stefan joined Tensile Capital Management as an Analyst and is now an Associate on the investment team. Prior to Tensile, Stefan was an Associate at J.P. Morgan where he served clients in M&A and capital markets transactions in the Latin American region. Stefan earned a BS in Economics (magna cum laude) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Tom joined Tensile Capital Management as an Analyst and is a member of the investment team. Prior to Tensile, Tom completed his MBA at Columbia Business School and was a member of its Value Investing Program. Previously, Tom was a Senior Associate at PwC in its management consulting group focused on strategic planning and forecasting projects. Tom earned a BBA in Finance and Business Honors, and a BA in Plan II Honors at the University of Texas at Austin.
Carolyn joined Tensile as an Investigative Researcher, working on the qualitative due diligence of prospective investments and current portfolio companies. Prior to Tensile, Carolyn was freelance writer and editor, and the Global Content Manager for Kurt Salmon (now part of Accenture). Carolyn began her career as a financial journalist; she was Managing Editor at GigaOM and before that, the Breaking News Desk Editor at Marketwatch. She earned a Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley.