Kate Faust joined Rockwood Equity Partners’ Cleveland office in 2015 as Partner, Business development. Kate’s industry experience has helped Rockwood source opportunities in regulated industries (aerospace and defense, healthcare, and process control) and specialized industrials. Kate was the first female chief financial officer at SIFCO Industries, a publicly traded forged components manufacturer for the aerospace and energy industries. She also was vice president of corporate strategic planning and manager of finance at Argo-Tech Corp., a maker of aerospace engine fuel pumps and systems, airframe fuel pumps and systems, and ground fueling equipment for commercial and military aerospace markets before it was recapitalized by Vestar Capital and Greenbriar Equity Group and then ultimately acquired by Eaton Corp.
In addition to operating roles, Kate has held investment management positions at Greenstar Capital, a private equity firm that invests in lower-middle market companies and provides management consulting services, as well as Morningside Ventures, a family office focused on early stage healthcare and information technology investments.
She holds an MBA from Ohio State University’s Max M. Fisher College of Business and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in economics from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College.
Kate is currently on the Board of Great Lakes Biomimicry and oversees the Caroline Kramer Faust Foundation. She chaired the Capital Roundtable conference on Best Practices for Sourcing Private Equity Investment Opportunities. She was also co-chair of the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red/Men Go Red committee, has served on the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Santa Barbara, was on the Alumni Board at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, and is an active supporter of the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara and Girls, Inc.