Board Member David Hooper
David Hooper co-founded Authentic Equity, a consumer focused private equity firm, in late 2018. Prior to Authentic Equity, Hooper co-founded Centerview Capital. At Centerview, Hooper was a partner, managed the firm, and co-chaired its investment committee. Hooper led each of Centerview’s investments since inception, including Nielsen, Richelieu Foods, Big Heart Pet Brands, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine and Advantage Solutions. He remains a senior advisor to Centerview Capital. Prior to Centerview, Hooper was a managing director, head of the Consumer Group and chairman of the U.S. Investment Committee at Vestar Capital Partners. Prior to joining Vestar in 1994, Hooper served as a financial consultant to GPA Group and was a member of The Blackstone Group’s Principal Investment Group and Drexel Burnham Lambert’s M&A department.
Over his career, Hooper has served as a board member or board observer of numerous consumer-oriented companies, including Nielsen, J.M. Smucker, Big Heart Pet Brands, Advantage Solutions, Birds Eye Foods, Richelieu Foods, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Del Monte Foods and Anvil Knitwear.
David holds a BSBA from Georgetown University where he graduated summa cum laude and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He is a current board member and past-president of The Resurrection School Foundation.