Ulf is a partner at Resilience Capital Partners and founder of 4Value 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 founded 4Value Advisors, LLC a consulting firm with a focus on Strategy Development & Implementation, M&A and Turnarounds in 2018. He is with Resilience Capital Partners, a private equity firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio since 2011. As a Operating Partner he has the responsibility to drive post-acquisition shareholder value. Ulf works with the portfolio companies’ management teams to develop and implement profit maximizing strategies. He enhances profitability through top line growth strategies, operational performance improvements and value pricing initiatives. In the past ten years Ulf has worked with about 20 management teams, stepped in as interim CEO for four companies, and served on seven boards. He is currently executive chairman for two Resilience portfolio companies. As a member of Resilience’s investment committee between 2011 and 2018, he participated in investment decisions, helped manage the investment portfolio and was part of the due diligence team for numerous 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.