Simon E. Brown | Founder
Simon Brown is co-founder of LeBaronBrown and the co-Chairman of LeBaronBrown Specialty Chemicals Distribution. Prior to co-founding LeBaronBrown in 2015, Mr. Brown was a Member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. ("KKR"), having joined KKR in 2003. Mr. Brown served as former Chairman of the Board of Brightview and is a former member of the Board of Big Heart Pet Brands (fka Del Monte Foods), Nielsen N.V., and The Sealy Corporation. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Brown worked at Madison Dearborn Partners, Thomas H. Lee Company, and Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. He received an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, and a B.Comm with First-Class Honors from Queen's University at Kingston, Canada.
Matthew F. LeBaron | Founder
Matthew F. LeBaron is co-founder of LeBaronBrown and the co-Chairman of LeBaronBrown Specialty Chemicals Distribution. Prior to co-founding LeBaronBrown in 2015, Mr. LeBaron was a Managing Director of American Securities, LLC ("American Securities"), having joined the firm in 1999. Mr. LeBaron currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Fairmount Santrol, and a Board member of The United Distribution Group. He has previously served on the boards of numerous companies in the industrial, energy, and consumer industries. Prior to joining American Securities, Mr. LeBaron worked at Bain Capital and The Boston Consulting Group. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a BA magna cum laude from Amherst College.
Jonathan C. Holden | Vice President
Jonathan Holden is Vice President of LeBaronBrown and Vice President of Business Development and Treasurer of LeBaronBrown Specialty Chemicals Distribution. Prior to joining LeBaronBrown in 2015, Mr. Holden was a Senior Associate at Onex Partners ("Onex"), having joined Onex in 2013. Prior to joining Onex, Mr. Holden was an Investment Banking Analyst in the General Industrials Group at Lazard. He received a BS in Accountancy and Finance from Truman State University.
Todd G. Smith | Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining LeBaronBrown in 2015, Mr. Smith was CFO at Lakeside Energy LLC ("Lakeside"), having joined Lakeside in 2009. Prior to joining Lakeside, Mr. Smith spent 15 years as CFO of Chicago-based private equity firms Willis Stein & Partners and Wind Point Partners. Mr. Smith started his career as an auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick where he worked for almost six years. Mr. Smith is a Registered Certified Public Accountant. He received an M.B.A. with Distinction from DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and holds a BS in Accountancy from Illinois State University.
Jonathan A. Edelstein | Associate
Jonathan Edelstein is Associate of LeBaronBrown and Associate of Business Development of LeBaronBrown Specialty Chemicals Distribution. Prior to joining LeBaronBrown in 2017, Mr. Edelstein was an Investment Banking Analyst at Guggenheim Partners ("Guggenheim"), having joined Guggenheim in 2015. At Guggenheim, Mr. Edelstein worked on a variety of transactions in the healthcare space. He received a BS summa cum laude in Applied Economics and Management with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from Cornell University.
Karla A. Salinari | Executive Assistant
Prior to joining LeBaronBrown in 2015, Ms. Salinari was a Senior Analyst, Investor Relations at Apax Partners ("Apax"), having joined Apax in 2010. Prior to joining Apax, Ms. Salinari was Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Nova, and Senior Administrative Assistant at Houlihan Lokey. Ms. Salinari received a Masters Degree in International Affairs from The New School University and a BA from Hunter College.