NEW YORK--CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC today announced that Robert Toth has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Mr. Toth will be a full-time investment team member responsible for sourcing new investment opportunities in the industrial and chemicals sectors, as well as working with CCMP’s current portfolio companies in these sectors on growth plans and value creation opportunities in partnership with management teams.
Mr. Toth has more than 30 years of experience in leadership roles at global industrial and chemical companies, most recently serving as CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polypore International, Inc., a leading global high technology filtration company specializing in microporous membranes. Prior to this, Mr. Toth held the role of President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of CP Kelco ApS, a global leader in the specialty hydrocolloids market.
“Bob has distinguished himself as an outstanding leader with the technical knowledge and strategic vision to grow unique industrial technology, specialty materials and chemical businesses, and we are certain he will be a valuable asset to our firm and our portfolio companies,” said Tim Walsh, COO. “A significant portion of Bob’s career was spent in CEO positions at private equity-backed industrial and chemical companies, so he has a keen understanding of how to nurture growing businesses and create value for all of their constituencies. We are thrilled to add yet another career operating executive to our investment team and welcome Bob to CCMP.”
Mr. Toth added, “Joining CCMP is a unique and exciting opportunity to utilize my experience from leading industrial, specialty materials and chemical businesses and apply it to new companies in these sectors which present exceptional growth opportunities. The team at CCMP has a proven record of successfully partnering with founders, entrepreneurs and management teams, particularly in the industrial and chemicals sectors, and I look forward to working with them as we expand and add lasting value to the firm’s industrials and chemicals portfolio.”
Mr. Toth served as CEO and President of Polypore since 2005, during which time Polypore transitioned from a private to a public company via a successful IPO in 2007 and was ultimately acquired in 2015. Under his leadership, Polypore’s enterprise value increased from approximately $1 billion to more than $3 billion. Prior to joining Polypore, Mr. Toth served as President and CEO of CP Kelco leading the company through a comprehensive business turnaround and successful exit during his tenure.
Prior to joining CP Kelco in 2001, Mr. Toth spent 19 years at Monsanto Company and Solutia Inc. where he held a variety of managerial and executive roles. In his most recent position at Solutia, he was responsible for the company’s performance coatings materials, technical specialty resins and pressure sensitive adhesives business, as well as the geographic region of Europe. In this role, Mr. Toth also led the $640 million acquisition and integration of Germany-based Vianova Resins.
Mr. Toth has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management with a Field of Study in Industrial Management and Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He has served as a Board Member of Materion Corporation since February 2013.
About CCMP Capital
CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC specializes in middle market buyouts and growth equity investments of $100 million to $500 million in North America and Europe. CCMP focuses on generating alpha through the operational transformation and growth of its portfolio companies. With offices in New York, Houston and London, CCMP invests in four primary industries: Consumer/Retail, Industrial, Chemicals/Energy and Healthcare. Selected investments under management include: Shoes For Crews, PQ Corporation, Eco Services, Jetro Cash & Carry, The Hillman Group, Jamieson Laboratories, Pure Gym, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Milacron, Newark Energy, Infogroup, Chaparral Energy and LHP Hospital Group.