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Team


Our Leadership Team

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Team


Our Leadership Team

John Travaglini

Chief Executive Officer

John is a technology and capital markets entrepreneur, and a highly experienced M&A professional. Prior to founding 4Front Capital Partners, he owned a mid market investment and merchant banking consulting firm based out of Toronto, Ontario. In this role John consulted to large multinationals, funds and family offices worldwide on wealth preservation, mergers and acquisitions and International Investments. Prior to that John co-owned an investment bank with offices in Toronto, London, Singapore and Sydney Australia. This company did both public and private transactions totaling over $250 million.

John co-founded a systems integration company which had revenues of over $55 Million. John has held sales positions with Sun Microsystems, Unisys Corporation.

John has held board positions and executive management positions in both public and private companies in Canada and abroad. He holds an Honors Degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a graduate of the Quantum Shift Executive Management program sponsored by KPMG and Ivey School of Business.


Raj Natarajan

Vice President

Raj is a Vice President within our investment banking group. He joined 4Front Capital Partners in summer of 2011 after completing his MBA at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Prior to undertaking his MBA, Raj founded and managed a company that used trenchless technology to install telecommunication cables.

Before starting his own firm, Raj worked for KLA-Tencore in India. As an Applications Engineer in KLA-Tencor, Raj provided technical consultation in 5 countries to some of world’s largest semiconductor companies.

Raj holds an undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering and is currently pursuing his CFA.


BENHUR GHIRMAI

Analyst

Ben joined 4Front Capital Partners in 2015. His responsibilities include attracting new partnerships, performing industry wide or company specific due diligence, and interpret Financial Statements to forecast market trends.


SAMI MASRI

Associate

Bringing a strong background in banking and investment management, Sami is responsible for identifying potential partnerships, industry analysis and company specific due diligence. Prior to joining 4Front Capital Partners, Sami was an Analyst in the investment banking derivative operations division at RBC Capital Markets. During this time, Sami had a strong track record supporting the structured rates desk, structured products desk and providing calculations on existing deals. Sami has held previous positions at CIBC and a wealth management firm in Toronto.


CLARENCE J. CHANDRAN

Strategic Advisor

Mr. Chandran is an internationally experienced executive, corporate director and investor. He retired as Chief Operating Officer of Nortel Networks in March, 2001, after 28 years in the Telecommunications and Information Technology sector.

Since his retirement, he continues to be very active advising entrepreneurs and investors at home and abroad. He established trusted relationships with Private Equity groups, global multi-national corporations, governments and NGOs around the world.


ROMAN KOCUR

Strategic Advisor

Roman has a background in C-level leadership, M&A, business strategy and business development. During his career, he has completed over 100 acquisitions, led teams of 2,000 across Canada and the U.S, and has been involved in numerous industry consolidations, turn-arounds, start-ups, IPOs and capital market equity and debt transactions. From 2012 to 2016, Roman served as Regional President at FirstService Corporation (FSV) – the largest property management firm in the world. From 2003 to 2012, he held a variety of positions at FSV including SVP, Strategy & Corporate Development. Prior to joining FSV, he spent five years at Geac Computer Corporation Limited, one of the largest technology companies in Canada, where he served as Director, Global M&A, Director, Global Financial Planning & Analysis and Group Controller, North America.


ROBERT HOWE

Strategic Advisor

Robert is a seasoned international financial services executive with over 25 years of senior level management experience shared between the asset finance sector and corporate turnaround and growth consulting. He spent most of his corporate career with AT&T Capital Corporation/Newcourt Credit Group and was Managing Director of the Continental European business which supported 16 countries, 200 staff with owned and managed assets exceeding $1 billion.

Throughout his career, Robert has contributed to building and managing operations across 5 continents. In 2006, Robert founded Aorta Capital, a Zug, Switzerland based early stage investor, capital raising and consulting boutique. Through this vehicle, he has built an extensive international investor network, and assisted and invested in several early stage companies.