• Retail & Consumer

John Howard

Co-Managing Partner

John D. Howard is a Co-Managing Partner of Irving Place Capital and has more than 30 years of private equity investing experience in the consumer products, retail, and industrial industries. Prior to founding Irving Place Capital in 1997, he was the co-CEO of Vestar Capital Partners, a private investment firm specializing in management buyouts. Previously, Mr. Howard was a Senior Vice President and Partner of Wesray Capital Corporation, one of the foremost private equity sponsors and a pioneer in the leveraged buyout business.


  • M.B.A. from Yale School of Management
  • B.A. degree from Trinity College

Current Portfolio Company Board Seats

  • Bendon
  • rag & bone

Representative Former Portfolio Company Board Seats

  • Aero Safety
  • AĆ©ropostale
  • Dots
  • Integrated Circuit Systems
  • Multi Packaging Solutions
  • New York & Company
  • Nice-Pak Holdings
  • NRT Incorporated
  • Safety 1st
  • Seven For All Mankind
  • Standard Holdings
  • Stuart Weitzman
  • Universal Hospital Services
  • Vitamin Shoppe