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The Sterling Group Announces New Hires


The Sterling Group Announces New Hires

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HOUSTON, Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sterling Group, a Houston-based, operationally focused middle market private equity firm, announced the addition of Jud Morrison as Operating Partner, as well as John Griffin and Johann Friese, both Vice Presidents. 

In the role of Operating Partner, Jud will partner closely with Sterling's investment professionals to drive the execution of operational initiatives at Sterling portfolio companies and continuous improvement efforts within Sterling. Jud brings over 20 years of operations experience gained at various firms, including ExxonMobil, McKinsey & Company, Valerus Compression Services, LP and most recently as a member of TPG Capital's Operating Group.

"We welcome Jud's broad base of operational expertise with industrial companies," said Brian Henry, a Partner at The Sterling Group. "He will play a critical role in the execution and continued refinement of the Sterling value creation model." Historically, driving organic EBITDA growth through operational improvements has been the key driver of Sterling's success.

John Griffin, Vice President, joins Sterling from McKinsey & Company where he was focused on strategy and operational initiatives for industrial and energy businesses.  John also brings experience from Madison Dearborn Partners. Johann Friese, Vice President, joins after graduating from Harvard Business School. Johann previously worked at Advent International and J.P. Morgan. 

About The Sterling Group

Founded in 1982, The Sterling Group is a private equity investment firm that targets controlling interests in basic manufacturing, distribution and industrial services companies. Typical enterprise values of these companies range from $100 million to $750 million. Sterling has sponsored the buyout of 52 platform companies and numerous add-on acquisitions for a total transaction value of over $10.0 billion. Currently, Sterling has over $1.8 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit

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