WILsquare Capital, a St. Louis-based private equity firm, has hired Jeff DePlanty as an executive vice president and operating partner.

DePlanty joins the firm with over 20 years of lower middle market private equity experience. In his time before WILsquare, DePlanty most recently served as an operating partner with Benford Capital Partners after spending 18 years with Harbour Group.

“During my time at Harbour Group, I had the pleasure of working with Jeff and seeing him develop his private equity and operational talent set,” says Bill Willhite, managing partner at WILsquare Capital. “Since those days, I have watched Jeff become a senior executive with broad skills. I am excited for Jeff to join the growing, energetic team at WILsquare, and I am confident he will immediately add value to the firm and our portfolio companies.”