Pritzker Group adds Global Business Leader to its Private Capital Team

August 19, 2014

Pritzker Group Private Capital today announced David Gau has joined the firm as its operating partner for the manufactured products team.

Gau, 49, brings a history of building and operating multi-national organizations, most recently as the chief executive officer of Intersystems, a global manufacturer of material handling equipment for the agriculture industry.  He previously served as executive vice president of global commercial operations for Gates Corp., a $2.9 billion manufacturer of advanced power transmission and fluid transfer solutions, with more than 14,000 employees across 106 locations in 30 countries. Prior to joining Gates Corp., Gau was president of Air System Components, a division of Tomkins.

Gau will be based in Chicago, where he and Investment Partner Michael Nelson will lead the manufactured products investment and operations team. Pritzker Group Private Capital’s manufactured products companies are Signicast, Milestone AV and Technimark.  Acquired in the past year, Milestone AV and Technimark are two of Pritzker Group’s largest acquisitions to date.

“David’s experience building global businesses and history of driving operational excellence makes him the right person to focus and support our companies’ growth plans,” said Paul Carbone, Pritzker Group Private Capital managing partner.

Gau is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

About Pritzker Group

Pritzker Group, led by Tony and J.B. Pritzker, has three principal investment teams: Private Capital, which acquires and operates leading North America-based companies; Venture Capital, which is the largest technology venture investor based in the Midwest; and Asset Management, which partners with top-performing investment managers across global public markets.

Pritzker Group Private Capital acquires North America-based middle-market companies with leading positions in the manufactured products, services and healthcare sectors. The firm’s permanent, proprietary capital base allows for efficient decision making, broad flexibility with transaction structure and investment horizon, and alignment with management teams focused on creating long-term value. Pritzker Group brings significant resources, expertise and credibility in building businesses and is an ideal partner for entrepreneur- and family-owned companies. For more information, visit


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