Tom Gores, Platinum Equity Chairman and CEO, brings a broad background of acquisitions experience, technological expertise and operational knowledge to his fast-growing, yet strategically focused M&A&O (mergers, acquisitions and operations) organization. From the corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California, Tom Gores serves as chairman of the board, overseeing strategic development and direction for each of the companies
Tom Gores, Platinum Equity Chairman and CEO, brings a broad background of acquisitions experience, technological expertise and operational knowledge to his fast-growing, yet strategically focused M&A&O (mergers, acquisitions and operations) organization. From the corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California, Tom Gores serves as chairman of the board, overseeing strategic development and direction for each of the companies currently in the Platinum portfolio. Platinum typically acquires businesses from leading, Fortune 500 companies.
Since the Company’s founding in 1995, Platinum Equity has been recognized by top business publications as one of the largest and fastest-growing, private companies in the United States, most recently ranking #22 on Forbes’ Largest Private Companies list for 2006.
Prior to establishing Platinum in 1995, Tom Gores was an active investor in startup operations and while doing so, developed a philosophy of “managed entrepreneurship” – a principle critical to his success in creating new value in all Platinum-owned companies. Tom Gores combines his M&A acumen and operational knowledge to execute unique acquisition strategies that have driven the rapid growth of Platinum Equity to a multi-billion-dollar revenue base in just over twelve years.
In that time, Tom Gores has also built up a deep infrastructure of more than 100 M&A&O professionals dedicated to the fulfillment of the transaction process from acquisition through operations. This dynamic staff is part of Platinum’s unique corporate culture, which is guided by Tom Gores’ leadership principles and core values that have charted Platinum’s course to success.
Tom Gores is also involved in philanthropic activities and currently serves on the board of trustees for LACMA. He has previously served as a member of the board of directors at both St. Joseph’s Hospital and UCLA Medical Center. Tom Gores holds a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
Specialties:Private Equity, Investing, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Mergers & Acquisitions & Operations (M&A&O), Business Operations, Divestitures, Public-to-Private Transactions
Chairman & CEO @ Tom Gores founded Platinum Equity in 1995 with the intent to acquire, transition, and create significant value in non-core or underperforming divisions of Fortune 1000 corporations. Today, we have acquired $27.5 billion in annual revenue, and over 100 companies in a wide variety of industries.
Platinum created the M&A&O® approach to improve the operational success of financial acquisitions, and the Platinum team continues this commitment each day. This operationally-based approach allows us to understand a business like a strategic buyer while providing the mergers and acquisitions expertise of a financial buyer. Platinum employs over 100 in-house specialists all ready to roll up their sleeves and work directly with portfolio companies to fix problems and pursue opportunities. And while the Platinum team is always on hand to help, we believe in the managers and employees of our portfolio companies and rely on their first-hand industry knowledge to create value too.
• Founded in 1995
• Global portfolio of companies
• $27.5+ billion in aggregate annual revenue acquired since 1995
• Platinum Equity Capital Partners I and II: More than $3.5 billion in private equity fund commitments
• Completed more than 100 acquisitions
• World headquarters in Los Angeles, California
• Regional offices in Boston, New York, and London From 1995 to Present (20 years)
B.S. @ Michigan State University From 1982 to 1986