Ulf is the founder of 4 Value Advisors LLC. He is a global business executive with 40 years of experience in a broad variety of industries and disciplines. He is a skilled leader who understands that it takes both strong corporate governance and hands-on leadership to create shareholder value. Ulf joined Resilience Capital Partners, a private equity firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio in 2011. He is a Partner and head of the operations team with the responsibility to drive post-acquisition shareholder value. Ulf works with the portfolio companies’ management teams to develop and implement profit maximizing strategies. He develops turnaround plans and enhances profitability through top line growth strategies, operational performance improvements and value pricing initiatives. Since 2011 Ulf has worked with over 15 portfolio companies, stepped in as interim CEO for four companies, was executive chairman for 3 companies and served on seven boards. As a member of Resilience’s investment committee, he participates in investment decisions, helps manage the investment portfolio and is part of the due diligence team for new acquisition targets.
Before joining Resilience, Ulf was President & CEO of Penda Corporation, a leading supplier of thermoformed automotive solutions located in Portage, WI. After joining the team in 2004, he initiated the repositioning of the company from an operationally-driven, single-product-offering manufacturer to a customer-focused, leading automotive solutions provider. The company serviced all US and Japanese OEM as well as the heavy truck industry and the automotive aftermarket. Ulf was instrumental in the divestiture of two non-core subsidiaries and the merger of Penda with its largest competitor, Durakon Industries. This merger created the market leader of heavy gauge thermoformed products in 2009.
Prior to joining Penda, Ulf worked at Dow Chemical in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. He held various senior level positions during his 20-year career with Dow, and gained extensive experience in managing businesses in North America, Europe and Asia. As part of his global responsibility, Ulf served on the Board of Directors of Sumitomo-Dow Limited, Japan and LG-Dow, Korea.
Ulf is fluent in German and English. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bremen, Germany and an MBA from the City University, Zurich, Switzerland.