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With two decades of experience in the Private Equity Sector, operations and acquisitions expert Rob Joubran brings to Sage Park a comprehensive understanding of the steps required to improve business profitability. Rob was a Founding Partner in Platinum Equity, one of the most successful and fastest growing private equity firms in the world. At Platinum Equity, Rob was integral to the firm’s 20-year growth from a start-up firm to one with more than $25 billion in revenue. Rob has worked in diverse markets to facilitate more than 100 acquisitions and 50 divestitures in fields as varied as Technology, Hardware/Software, Business Services, Distribution/Logistics, Manufacturing, and Health Care. Rob’s career has included working internationally in more than 34 countries across 5 continents.
Since graduating from the University of Michigan, Rob’s experience has encompassed operational oversight and responsibility of portfolio companies with revenue ranging from $10 million to over $1.5 billion. At these companies, his key initiatives have included developing business strategies and corporate budgets, hiring C-suite level management, insuring business profitability, maximizing management free cash flow, improving corporate culture, and ensuring corporate value attainment. In addition, Rob led and directed financing and re-financing activities, divestitures, and MBO’s with returns ranging from 2x to more than 1000x.
Over the years, Rob has worked with a range of talented individuals, giving him access to a pool of talented CEO, COO, and CFO candidates, as well as hands-on operational talent and individuals with the core competency to assist in all types of activities surrounding operational management and solution services. He has helped to transition, integrate, and transform close to 100 acquired businesses, and has successfully managed corporate carve outs from Fortune 100 to Fortune 1000 companies. He has directed business turnarounds through effective cost containment, product improvement, and revenue growth while sustaining and improving long-term enterprise value.
Mark is a member of the founding team at Sage Park. In this role, he is responsible for sourcing new investment opportunities, working with our portfolio companies to drive strategy, M&A opportunities and new business initiatives. With more than two decades in the Media Industry, Mr. Dante has a proven track record of driving results, cultivating talent, and leadership skills that will be instrumental to our go forward business strategy.
Prior to joining Sage Park, Mark was a senior sales executive at Univision Communications Inc. for seventeen years. Over the course of his successful tenure, Univision grew revenue from $577 million to $2.9 billion and EBITDA from $195.6 million to $1.25 billion. Mr. Dante was a member of the Executive Leadership Council and held various roles, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Ad Sales for the Television Group and Senior Vice President of Business Development & Sports. While Mark formally worked in media sales, he was responsible for many traditional financial activities that included M&A, investments, research analysis, investor relations, financial and strategic planning, budgeting and capital allocation.
Mr. Dante has managed staffs of 350 employees through up to fifteen direct reports, cultivating winning teams with operational excellence. He is passionate about building strong relationships across diverse networks to accelerate enterprise value while balancing the best interest of clients, customers, colleagues and shareholders. Prior to his career with Univision, Mark worked for CBS Television. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts & Science degree in Marketing & Communications from the University of Connecticut. He is married to Ellen Ballon-Dante, who runs a non-profit “Deity Animal Rescue & Foundation” and has a son, Nico.