Board Member David Hooper
David Hooper co-founded Authentic Equity, a consumer focused private equity firm, in late 2018. Prior to Authentic Equity, David co-founded Centerview Capital. At Centerview, David was a Partner, managed the firm and co-chaired its investment committee. David led each of Centerview’s investments since inception, including Nielsen, Richelieu Foods, Big Heart Pet Brands, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine and Advantage Solutions. David remains a Senior Advisor to Centerview Capital. Prior to Centerview, David 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, David served as a financial consultant to GPA Group plc and was a member of The Blackstone Group’s Principal Investment Group and Drexel Burnham Lambert’s M&A department.
Over his career, David 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. David currently serves as President of the Resurrection School Foundation.