Mr. Cramton is an Operating Partner at HCI Equity Partners since 2016 where he is involved in overseeing portfolio companies and reviewing new investment opportunities. He brings to the position a wide range of operating and financial experience over a 30 year career. Most recently, Mr. Cramton served as the CEO of CARDONE Industries, the largest remanufacturer of automotive aftermarket components, leading the Company to record results over his tenure. Previously, he served as CEO of Revstone Industries, a major supplier of highly engineered automotive components. Before that, he served as Managing Director of RHJ International (Ripplewood Holdings), a publicly-traded, investment holding company, where he was responsible for overseeing portfolio companies with global operations.
During his tenure at Ripplewood, Mr. Cramton served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Niles, an Asian electronics company with global operations, leading a major turnaround to record profits and a successful sale. He also served on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Asahi Tec, a Japanese publicly-traded metal components company, Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Metaldyne, a Global automotive metals component company and on the Supervisory Board of Honsel AG, a European based light-weight aluminum casting company.
Prior to joining RHJI, Mr. Cramton worked in various positions at the Ford Motor Company, including assignments in Ford's manufacturing, marketing, sales & service, distribution, product development and financial services operations. He last served as Director, Corporate Business Development with global responsibilities for Ford's M&A activities.
Mr. Cramton has extensive international business experience, including assignments in the Asian and European regions. He also has substantial experience developing and growing businesses including emerging market activities. He has served on the Boards of over 20 companies in various markets and industries. Presently, Mr. Cramton serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Atlantix Global Systems, an IT hardware and services company.
Mr. Cramton has an MBA degree in finance and a BA degree in business administration from Michigan State University. He is an alumnus of the London Business School Executive Management Program (ADP).