Stenning is a business leader with strategic consulting DNA, M&A financial and execution expertise, actual operating depth, and a Stanford MBA. He’s a dedicated and energetic team-player with 22 years of experience, 17 in mergers & acquisitions during which he has closed over 30 investments in his career, 11 of those truly proprietary, across industries, continents, and structures. He has deep experience generating superior returns, sourcing proprietary organic and inorganic opportunities, diligencing investments, and improving middle market companies.
Prior to joining Evolution Strategy, he co-founded a $365M lower middle market private equity firm and established many of the organization’s protocols. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development for Total Safety. Total Safety, a former portfolio company of his when he served with H.I.G. Capital, is a private-equity backed services company focused on energy and industrial market worker safety. While at Total Safety he completed eleven acquisitions and played a key role in the company’s sale from DLJ/Credit Suisse to Warburg Pincus. He also ran board, executive, and sales strategy sessions and directed the company’s marketing efforts for a few years. As the only member of the Corporate Development department, he was responsible for sourcing, conducting diligence, negotiating, structuring, executing, and integrating each acquisition. He has extensive experience in sourcing and closing opportunistic proprietary deals as a strategic acquirer and he played the central role in each 100-day integration plan. Prior to Total Safety, Stenning was a Principal at Eos Partners and H.I.G. Capital.
Stenning’s private equity and transaction advisory experience has included leading acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations and refinancing, legal settlements, restructurings, cost containment and alignment and company sales. He has been quoted in articles and published in various trade journals on diligence and acquisition strategy and has been a keynote speaker at finance and industry events.
Stenning earned a M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.A., with Honors, from Northwestern University.