AEA

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John Cozzi
Partner and Co-Head of Small Business Funds

John joined AEA in 2004 as a Partner and is co-head of the AEA Small Business Funds. He currently serves as a board member of American Expediting, Barnet Products, Connexus Resource Group, Entregado Group, Galco, IGL Holdings, NCS, Pexco, SGLT and Troxell Communications. He also served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies Colony Hardware, Evans, Implus Footcare, In the Swim, Industrial Controls Distributors, National Rehab, Phillips Pet Food and Supplies, PLZ Aeroscience and Sextant Education.

Before joining AEA, John was a managing director at Arena Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in small companies in the consumer and business services sectors. Previously, he was a managing director in the leveraged finance group of Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to joining Credit Suisse First Boston, he worked at Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. and NYNEX Corp.

Education M.B.A., The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
B.A. in Economics and Computer Science, Union College (Honors)
Location New York
Business Private Equity, Small Business
Portfolio Company Involvement American Expediting
Barnet Products Corporation
Colony Hardware
Connexus Resource Group
Entregado Group
Galco Industrial Electronics, Inc.
IGL Holdings
Implus Footcare
In the Swim
Industrial Controls Distributors
National Carwash Solutions
National Rehab
Pexco
Phillips Pet Food and Supplies
PLZ Aeroscience Corporation
Sextant Education
SGLT Holdings
The Evans Network of Companies
Troxell Communications

  • $15b

    With over $15 billion under management as of March 2019, AEA is a leader in global, middle-market private investing.

  • 100+

    With approximately 120 employees, including over 75 investment professionals, AEA’s experienced and focused team leverages deep industry knowledge and exceptional operational expertise.

  • 5/3

    With five offices across three continents, AEA has an unparalleled global network of relationships with family owners of industrial companies, business executives and influential government leaders.

  • 1968

    Founded in 1968 by members of the world’s leading industrial families, AEA is one of the oldest and most experienced private equity firms with a long legacy of success.

  • 75

    AEA has more than 75 Participants, who include some of the world’s pre-eminent industrial families, business executives and former government leaders.