Mr. John C. Phelan is a Chairman at MSD Acquisition Corp., a Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer at MSD Partners LP and a Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner at MSD Capital LP /Private Equity/.
He is on the Board of Directors at MSD Capital (UK) Ltd., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Inc. and Whitney Museum of American Art.
Prior to forming MSD Capital, he was a Principal for seven years at ESL Partners, a Greenwich, Connecticut-based investment firm. At ESL, Mr. Phelan was responsible for ESL's Special Situation and Distressed Investments and helped grow the firm from $50 million to over $2 billion in assets under management. Prior to ESL, Mr. Phelan was a Vice President in the Equity Group and was in charge of Acquisitions (Western Region) for the Zell-Merrill Lynch Real Estate Opportunity Funds.
He began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division.
Mr. Phelan received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude with distinction from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science.