Angelos Dassios has been a private equity investor for more than two decades, with material emphasis on, and passion for, sustainable food chain investing. Today he leads the investing activities of Paine Schwartz Partners as Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner.
Mr. Dassios was raised in Chicago, Illinois to a family of Greek descent who helped instill core values of fairness, utility, and continuous improvement. His father was raised primarily in the small town of Karystos on the island of Evia during a tense time in history that involved foreign occupation on the island. At the time, Mr. Dassios’ grandfather, for whom he is named, organized the first farmers’ cooperative in Karystos to compete against a company that had been taking advantage of local farmers. Mr. Dassios credits the many life lessons and philosophies learned from his upbringing as the foundation for a long and successful career in the private equity industry.
Mr. Dassios began his career at Goldman Sachs in the late-1990s, where he worked alongside fellow Managing Partner and CEO Kevin Schwartz, starting a professional partnership that has spanned 25 years. Mr. Dassios spent several years at Goldman Sachs, working in both the Principal Investment Area and the Investment Banking Division. During his time in the Principal Investment Area, he assisted with the investment and management of the GS Capital Partners group of private equity funds in both Silicon Valley, focusing on businesses with more of a technology angle, and New York, concentrating on investment opportunities in more traditional industry sectors including food and beverage. In 2002, Paine Schwartz Partners CEO Kevin Schwartz recruited Mr. Dassios to join the Predecessor Firm which helped build upon their shared professional history. Over the ensuing years, Mr. Dassios has helped reshape Paine Schwartz Partners’ investment activities with intense focus on repeatable processes for long-term success.
Mr. Dassios has served on the boards of many Paine Schwartz Partners companies over the years, including Costa, FoodChain ID, and Verisem, that span a broad spectrum across the value chain. He currently serves on the boards of Kynetec, Lyons Magnus, Registrar, and Sterilex, and has taken a keen interest in services and related technologies, among other industry segments. He is also a member of the board of the Hillsborough School Foundation. Mr. Dassios is a graduate of Dartmouth College (Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa).