ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Navigation Capital Partners (Navigation), an Atlanta-based private equity firm, is pleased to announce that Kevin Keough has joined the firm as Managing Director of Operations. Keough will be responsible for the oversight of Navigation’s fast-growing portfolio of Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) investments.
Keough has more than 30 years of experience in private equity portfolio management, public company senior executive leadership, and partner-level leadership in a top-tier management consulting firm. He served as Managing Director and Global Head of Portfolio Management for Arcapita Investment Management, Inc. where he worked 12 years before joining Investcorp’s North American Private Equity Group in 2017 as Managing Director and Head of Post-Acquisition. In this 15-year period, Keough had responsibilities for several dozen portfolio companies.
Earlier in his career, Keough was a partner at McKinsey & Company, developing and managing senior-level relationships with clients in the energy sector and was recruited to join the management team at FirstEnergy, a public energy company. At FirstEnergy, he held a number of senior leadership positions, including President of the Ohio Edison Company.
“Kevin’s broad capabilities and know-how will be a valuable add for Navigation as we expand our SPAC Operations portfolio,” said Larry Mock, Navigation Co-Founder and Managing Partner. “His background of leadership across private equity and public company management is a perfect complement to Navigation’s private equity approach to SPAC investing.”
“I’m honored to contribute to a team of this caliber,” said Keough. “As a first-mover in SPAC investing, Navigation demonstrates both the depth of skill and experience needed to guide management teams throughout the SPAC process, from concept to thriving public company.”
Keough holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and began his career as an engineer officer in the US Army, after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
About Navigation Capital Partners
Navigation Capital Partners (NCP) is an Atlanta-based private equity firm focused exclusively on investing in a diverse portfolio of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs). The principals of NCP formerly founded and managed Mellon Ventures, the private equity investment partnership of Mellon Financial Corporation. With the backing of Goldman Sachs Private Equity Opportunities Fund LP, NCP acquired the private equity portfolio of Mellon Ventures in December 2006. In 2019, NCP launched its SPAC Operations Group which builds on the NCP legacy of transforming relatively small, high-growth companies into medium-sized ones and selling them to larger private equity firms to take them to the next level. In the 15 years since its inception, NCP has invested $399 million in 51 portfolio companies, including nine SPACs. For more information, visit www.navigationcapital.com.