Kristian M. Whalen

Managing Director

Kris Whalen joined Platte River Equity as a Managing Director in 2013 and focuses on the firm’s investments in Agriculture & Chemicals. Kris has been a private equity investor in numerous industrial and service-based operating companies for more than 20 years.

Prior to joining Platte River Equity, Kris was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Diversified Industries in the New York office of Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity firm that has raised over $7 billion across six funds. Previously, Kris was an analyst with the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Paine Webber.

Kris is on the Board of Directors of the Parent-Child Home Program, a non-profit organization focused on early childhood literacy.

Kris holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A., with honors, from Brown University. Originally from Toronto, Canada, he and his wife live in Denver with their three children.

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