Ara Partners, a private equity firm specializing in industrial decarbonization investments, has hired Sarah Kent and Rob Tripp as operating partners, David Lynch as a principal and Chris Trachier as a senior associate.
“The additions of Sarah and Rob help us further deepen our operating expertise and actively manage our existing portfolio, and broaden our capability to evaluate attractive opportunities,” said Troy Thacker, a managing partner at Ara. “Each will play key roles as we continue to execute on our strategy of investing in businesses that decarbonize the industrial sector.”
“We are also excited to welcome David and Chris to Ara’s investment team,” added Tuan Tran, a partner at Ara. “They bring significant sourcing, deal execution and portfolio management experience to the firm as we continue to scale our investment activity.”
Prior to joining Ara, Kent was CEO of Kentech, an energy services business.
Prior to joining Ara, Tripp co-founded Benefuel, where he spent 15 years leading the development and scale-up of a novel heterogeneous refining catalyst that converted low-quality waste feedstocks into high-quality, low-carbon biodiesel.
Prior to joining Ara, Lynch was a director at Alinda Capital Partners, an independent infrastructure investment manager.
Prior to joining Ara, Trachier was an associate at Pelican Energy Partners, where he was responsible for investment evaluation, due diligence, execution and monitoring.