Brian Dean provides executive oversight and management of portfolio companies in the food and beverage vertical for Skyview. He is responsible for the strategy and operational performance of his portfolio companies including analysis of bolt on acquisitions to support exit value.
Mr. Dean, a graduate of the Chase Manhattan Bank training program turned to the food industry where he was an executive at Best Foods and Sara Lee before turning to private equity. His positions ranged from EVP of Sara Lee Bakery to CMO of Birds Eye Foods to CEO of Ecce Panis, an artisan bread company he ran and sold for J.P. Morgan Partners. More recently Mr. Dean was President of Victoria Fine Foods LLC, a premium Italian food company he helped acquire and run for Huron Capital subsequently sold to B&G Foods. While CMO at Birds Eye he developed and launched the microwaveable Steam Fresh sub- brand which used a patented multi-layer package with steam valve that grew to $110MM in its first year and was named IRI’s #1 New Product introduction in the U.S.
Mr. Dean earned an MBA in International Marketing from the Thunderbird School of International Management and B.A. in English Literature from Clark University. He resides with his wife in Chatham, NJ .