Joseph A. Saldutti, Jr.

Managing Director
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Mr. Saldutti has managed buyout and growth capital funds and investments for more than a decade prior to joining Gridiron Capital in 2008. Mr. Saldutti led investments at TDA Capital Partners Inc. which has managed seven private equity funds for more than forty limited partners. Mr. Saldutti became a Principal of TDA in 1997 and President of TDA and its funds’ General Partner in 2002. The majority of Mr. Saldutti’s time at TDA was spent originating, analyzing, closing and managing international buyout investments as lead principal, where intensive operating, financial and strategic involvement was necessary to increase value. After many of the TDA funds’ investments were successfully realized, he founded Head Start Capital to lead selective individual investments in the U.S. Prior to his private equity experience, Mr. Saldutti worked for five years in corporate finance, during which time he successfully led the sale of various operating businesses for an aggregate equity transaction value of more than $700 million. Mr. Saldutti graduated from Duke University with a degree in electrical engineering. He started his career as an engineer and manufacturing manager at General Electric and graduated from the GE’s Manufacturing Management Program. After GE, Mr. Saldutti completed an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1992. Mr. Saldutti has been chairman or member of eight corporate boards and is a volunteer with Kids In Crisis, Harvard Business School Community Partners, and is a member of the Duke Angel Network.

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