Compass Group Diversified Holdings LLC announced that Elias J. Sabo, a founding partner of the company’s manager, Compass Group Management LLC (CGM), has been appointed as the company’s chief executive officer, effective May 3, 2018.
Sabo will also be appointed to the company’s Board of Directors at that time. He will succeed Alan B. Offenberg, who is retiring from his position as CEO and a director of the company, following his 20-year tenure with CODI and CGM.
Sean Day, chairman of the company’s Board, commented, “Alan has provided strong leadership for CODI during a time when CODI generated growing cash flows, continued to acquire leading niche industrial and branded consumer businesses, increased total gains realized for shareholders and provided stable distributions. We are all very grateful to Alan for his contributions to CODI and on behalf of the Board, I want to thank him for his years of service and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Day added, “As one of the founders and architects of our business model, Elias has been instrumental to CODI’s success in implementing its investment strategy, identifying and growing our leading subsidiaries, and building shareholder value. Our investment and monetization of one of our past subsidiaries, Fox Factory Holding Corp. (“FOX”), highlights this approach. Under Elias’ leadership, we acquired FOX, took it public and eventually realized gains from this investment of approximately $525 million. I am confident Elias is the ideal person to lead CODI, as it builds on its past success and continues to execute on its proven strategy. He is an exceptional leader with an in-depth knowledge of our business, strong internal and external relationships and a clear vision for CODI’s future.”
Sabo, 47, joined CGM in 1998 as one of the founding partners. For the past 20 years, he has been a member of the Investment Committee and, alongside Offenberg, has played a central role in directing CODI’s strategy. Sabo also currently serves as a director for a number of CODI’s current subsidiaries, including 5.11 Tactical, Advanced Circuits, Arnold Magnetic Technologies, and Fresh Hemp Foods, Ltd. (doing business as Manitoba Harvest). He previously served as the Chairman of Fox Factory Holding Corp. (FOXF), a former CODI subsidiary. Prior to joining CGM, Sabo held positions with CIBC Oppenheimer and Colony Capital.
Sabo stated, “I am honored to become the company’s next CEO. It has been a pleasure to partner with Alan for the past 20 years and I look forward to working closely with him over the next few months to ensure a seamless transition. I am very excited about CODI’s strong prospects and the many opportunities the company has to build further value for our shareholders. Going forward, our strategic focus remains to add to our family of leading middle market businesses and to reinvest in our current subsidiaries in an effort to further drive future cash flow growth and provide strong and consistent cash distributions.”
“It has been a privilege to serve as CEO during the past seven years and I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with a group of dedicated and talented professionals,” said Offenberg. “I would like to thank everyone for their hard work in building CODI into the leader it is today. Having worked closely with Elias since our inception, he has been integral to our success and I know his knowledge, passion and commitment to further expanding CODI’s leadership will serve the company and its shareholders well. I wish Elias and the rest of the team all the success in the future.”
Compass Diversified Holdings’ holdings include 5.11, Advanced Circuits, Arnold Magnetic Technologies, Clean Earth, Crosman, Liberty Safe, Manitoba Harvest and Sterno Products.