Michael O’Donnell is a Founder, Managing Director and a General Partner for Hawthorne Capital Partners where he is responsible for Executive Committee leadership, firm operations, deal sourcing, investment analysis and management. He has more than 35 years of executive management roles throughout global industrial, transportation, and technology businesses.
Michael has extensive experience across multiple companies and industries in guiding organizations through various stages of growth and business transformation. In the course of these activities, he has raised more than $5 billion in support of growth programs, acquisitions, initial public offerings, and business restructurings.
He has previously served as a Director and a member of the Advisory Board for Lookout Capital in Raleigh NC. He has also been a strategic adviser to WasteZero Inc. in Raleigh NC and was previously that company’s Chief Financial Officer. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Electromotive Inc. in Chicago IL where he led the sale of that $2 billion private-equity-sponsored company. As Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at Xerium Technologies Inc. (XRM:NYSE) in Boston MA, Michael participated in the consolidation of acquired companies with a private equity sponsor and led the initial public offering of that company.
Michael is a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee Chairman for Easter Seals / United Cerebral Palsy in North Carolina and Virginia which provides direct services to over 20,000 children and adults with special needs and disabilities.
Michael earned his BSBA from Franklin University and an MBA from Ashland University.