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Joseph Fortunato
Joseph Fortunato
Operating Partner
jfortunato@jwchilds.com
617.753.1100
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Mr. Fortunato joined J.W. Childs Associates in 2017. He is currently Executive Chairman of Comoto Holdings, the parent company of Cycle Gear and Revzilla. He also serves as a Director of EbLens and Shoe Sensation and was a Director of Mattress Firm prior to the sale of J.W. Childs’ interests to Steinhoff in September 2016. Preceding his involvement with J.W. Childs Associates, Mr. Fortunato served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC), a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, from 2005 through 2014. He also assumed the responsibility of Chairman of the Board from 2011-2014. During his CEO tenure GNC revenue increased by $1.3 billion and EBITDA increased four-fold along with a doubling of EBITDA margins. He led the sale of GNC from Apollo Global Management to Ares Management and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in 2007 and led its subsequent IPO in 2011. Prior to being named President and CEO in 2005, Mr. Fortunato held several leadership positions within GNC, including Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Retail Operations and Store Development, Senior Vice President of Financial Operations, and Director of Financial Operations. Mr. Fortunato holds a B.S. degree in Finance from Duquesne University.

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