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Gerald T. Hughes

Gerald T. Hughes / Operating Partner


Jerry Hughes joined Castanea as an Operating Partner in 2013 and has more than 30 years of experience in executive management, operations, human resources and legal roles in diverse businesses. He has particular expertise in leading business integrations, guiding general company transitions, and driving strategic and operating change. Jerry will be working with Castanea and its portfolio companies on a range of operating and human resources-related matters, including helping to identify talented executives for potential opportunities within new and existing businesses.

Prior to joining Castanea, Jerry was Chief Administrative Officer at School Specialty, Inc., a diversified education company, where he managed HR, legal, communications and strategic resources and focused company efforts addressing turnaround and transformational initiatives. Prior to School Specialty, he was President of Staff Development for Educators, a privately-held company that offered professional development products, training, and services to teachers and administrators throughout the U.S. Jerry was previously associated with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (and its predecessor Houghton Mifflin) from 2002 until 2009 in human resources, operations and senior executive roles, ultimately serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of HMH from 2007 - 2009. He also worked at Harcourt General/The Neiman Marcus Group for nearly 14 years, first as labor and employment counsel; then Associate General Counsel; and finally as Vice President Human Resources for both public companies. Jerry began his professional career as a labor and employment attorney in New York City and Boston. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and Princeton University.

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Press Releases

  • Castanea Partners Announces Investment in First Aid Beauty

    JUL 2015 - Castanea Partners announced today that it has acquired a minority interest in First Aid Beauty, an innovative and differentiated skincare products company that addresses skin challenges with everyday, feel-good solutions.

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Media Coverage

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    JUN 2015 - Janet Gurwitch is the founder and former CEO of Houston-based Laura Mercier Cosmetics.

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