Thomas R. “Tom” Shepherd

Tom has more than 50 years of corporate and financial experience including senior leadership roles in operations and private equity. Prior to co-founding TSG, Tom was a Managing Director of the Thomas H. Lee Company (“THL”), one of the oldest and most successful private equity firms in the country. During his tenure at THL, Directorship positions included vitamins and supplements retailer General Nutrition Companies, Inc., and branded consumer products companies Playtex Family Products Corp., Rayovac Corp., and Signature Brands, Inc.

Prior to joining THL, Tom served as President of GTE Lighting Products Group, where he was responsible for GTE’s Sylvania lighting products worldwide. Tom also served as President of North American Philips Commercial Electronics Corporation, where he was responsible for Philips’ commercial communication and entertainment systems.

Select Highlights

  • Thomas H. Lee Company, Managing Director
  • GTE Lighting Products Group (Sylvania), President
  • North American Philips Commercial Electronics, President
  • GTE Sylvania Entertainment Products Group, President
  • Current or former Director on the Board of Directors of six publicly traded companies and more than a dozen corporations in total
  • Washington & Lee University, BA, Trustee Emeritus
  • Cornell University, MS
  • Tuck School at Dartmouth, Executive Program
  • Community involvement: Director, numerous operating and grant making not-for-profit organizations

Select Investment Activity

  • 4R Systems, Inc.
  • Amerace Corp.
  • General Nutrition Companies, Inc.
  • Optasite, Inc.
  • PNC – New England
  • Thermoscan, Inc.
  • Vermont Teddy Bear Co., Inc.