James O’Callaghan joined Growth Catalyst Partners in July 2017 after having spent over ten years in the financial services industry. Prior to joining GCP, James spent three years with Emil Capital Partners (“ECP”), a growth-stage private equity firm focused on minority investments in the retail, consumer and media sectors. During his time at ECP, James worked across the ECP portfolio and was involved in several new transactions including investments in The Data Council and Vintage Italia, as well as active portfolio management responsibilities for several portfolio investments.
In addition to his role at ECP, Mr. O’Callaghan served as the Chief Financial Officer at portfolio company Cheribundi, a high-growth health & wellness beverage manufacturer and brand. During his time as CFO, James was responsible for financial functions, corporate development, and ecommerce initiatives. Mr. O’Callaghan worked closely with the CEO of Cheribundi to help scale the brand before leaving to join Growth Catalyst Partners.
Prior to his role at Emil Capital Partners, Mr. O’Callaghan worked at the Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (“JEGI”), a leading independent investment bank for the global media, marketing, technology and information services sectors. During his time at JEGI, James was involved in over fifteen M&A transactions representing nearly $1 billion in enterprise value. James started his career as a member of the Financial Management Program at GE Capital, where he held various roles across GE Capital business units including Franchise Finance, Retail Consumer Finance and Treasury.
Mr. O’Callaghan currently serves on the Board of Directors for Beachfront Media and Trendline Interactive.
Mr. O’Callaghan earned a Bachelor of Science in Business with a Finance major and History minor from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Mr. O’Callaghan lives in Greenwich, CT and is married. Interests include the outdoors, golf, and running.