Industry Executives

We have developed a network of resources in the consumer and distribution sectors to leverage our experience, including seven industry executives who are engaged by us as consultants and who serve on our portfolio company boards and are actively involved with portfolio company operations. The Industry Executives have decades of CEO and senior management experience at companies in our target sectors and, although they are independent of our firm, they work closely with us on all phases of our investment process.  

Industry Executives

Greg Bettinelli
Operating Executive

Greg Bettinelli is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience in the Internet and eCommerce industries. Mr. Bettinelli became a consultant to Freeman Spogli in 2013. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Bettinelli served as Chief Marketing Officer of HauteLook, a leading online flash-sale retailer. Prior to joining HauteLook, Mr. Bettinelli held senior positions at eBay, StubHub, and Live Nation. Mr. Bettinelli graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of San Diego and received his master's degree in business administration from Pepperdine University.  

Lawrence P. Castellani
Operating Executive

Lawrence P. Castellani is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the retail industry. Mr. Castellani became a consultant to Freeman Spogli in 2005. Freeman Spogli started working with Mr. Castellani when it acquired Tops Friendly Markets in 1987. He served as the CEO of Tops Friendly Markets after its sale to Royal Ahold in 1991 and subsequently held several other senior positions within Royal Ahold. In 2000, Freeman Spogli hired Mr. Castellani to be the CEO of Advance Auto Parts, a position he retained until his retirement in 2005. 

William C. Johnson
Senior Advisor

William C. Johnson is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the direct marketing industry. Mr. Johnson became a consultant to Freeman Spogli in 1993. Mr. Johnson joined Fingerhut Companies, Inc. in 1971 where he rose to the position of Chairman and CEO. In 1990, Mr. Johnson joined Grolier Incorporated as CEO, a title he held until his departure in 1994. Mr. Johnson received his bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Kansas.

Mark T. Majeske
Operating Executive

Mark T. Majeske is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the distribution industry. Mr. Majeske became a consultant to Freeman Spogli in 2015.  Since 2009, Mr. Majeske has been an executive at Arrow Electronics, where he serves as President, Global Reverse Logistics and previously held the position of Vice President Strategic Business Development.  Prior to joining Arrow, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Superior Mailing Services and the Chief Executive Officer at Day Runner, and also held various senior positions at McKesson.  Mr. Majeske graduated with a bachelor's degree from California Coast University.

Norman S. Matthews
Senior Advisor

Norman S. Matthews is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the retail industry. Mr. Matthews became a consultant to Freeman Spogli in 2004. From 1987 to 1988, Mr. Matthews served as President of Federated Department Stores, Inc. From 1984 to 1987, he served as Vice Chairman of Federated Department Stores, Inc. Mr. Matthews graduated with a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and received his master's degree in business administration from Harvard University.  

Fran P. Philip
Operating Executive

Fran P. Philip is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the retail and consumer products industries. Ms. Philip became a consultant to Freeman Spogli in 2015.  From 2002 to 2011, Ms. Philip served as Chief Merchandising Officer of L.L. Bean, Inc.  Prior to L.L. Bean, Ms. Philip held various senior positions at Calyx & Corolla, Nature Company and Williams-Sonoma.  Ms. Philip graduated with a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and received her master's degree in business administration from Harvard University.

Peter Starrett
Operating Executive

Peter Starrett is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the retail industry. Mr. Starrett became a consultant to Freeman Spogli in 1998.  From 1990 to 1998, he was the Founder and President of Warner Bros. Studio Stores Worldwide, where he had responsibility for the global operations of 180 stores in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Previously, he was President and CEO of Plymouth-Lamston Stores and Chairman and CEO of Federated Department Stores' Specialty Store Division. Mr. Starrett graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Denver and received his master's degree in business administration from Harvard University.