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Sengal Selassie
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Brightwood Capital Advisors


Sengal Selassie is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Brightwood Capital Advisors, a leading credit platform with $3 billion in assets under management. Brightwood provides growth capital to family and founder-owned US businesses with EBITDA of $5 million to $75 million, operating in five core areas: technology & telecommunications, healthcare, business services, transportation & logistics and franchising. Mr. Selassie serves on the Investment, Executive and Valuation Committees of the firm. He has also served on a number of portfolio company boards of directors, including: Poco Graphite, Viawest Internet Services, Ricerca Biosciences, MC2 and Five Star Food Services.

Prior to co-founding Brightwood in 2010, Mr. Selassie co-founded Cowen Capital Partners (“CCP”) and served as Managing Partner. At CCP, he successfully led the fund’s spinout from Société Générale, forming Trinity Equity Holdings. Sengal joined CCP from SG Capital Partners (“SG Capital”), CCP’s predecessor fund where he worked from 1998 through 2006. At SG Capital, he was a Managing Director and served as group head starting in 2002 and served as President and CEO of the fund’s captive small business investment company, SGC Partners II, from 2002 to 2004. Prior to SG Capital, he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Morgan Stanley, specializing in Media and Telecommunications. He began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1990.

Mr. Selassie holds an A.B. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and an M.B.A. and J.D., with honors, from Harvard University.

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