Mr. Danner founded The Alzana Group in 2021 to provide capital solutions to founder and family-owned businesses. He also acts as a Senior Advisor to The Gores Group, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm where he worked from 2014-2021 and served as Managing Director and Head Operating Partner. While at The Gores Group, Mr. Danner chaired the firm’s Operating Committee, acted as a member of the Gores Family Office Investment Committee, led operational due diligence for Gore’s investments and served on numerous Boards of Directors of the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Danner served as CEO of a private equity-backed wind turbine manufacturer, and as CEO of a venture capital-backed biotechnology manufacturing company. Previously, Mr. Danner served for six years at PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI) where he held numerous executive leadership positions, including Group Vice President of the $450M life science tools group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Danner was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and an officer in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine force. Mr. Danner earned a B.S. with distinction in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. with distinction from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Currently, Mr. Danner is Chairman of the Board of GatesAir, Inc. (a telecommunications manufacturing company) and serves on the Boards of Directors of Cosmo Specialty Fibers (a pulp mill serving the global textile industry), AMI Entertainment (an in-venue media company), and Thought Industries (a SaaS-based EdTech company, where he served as Founding Chairman).
Whenever possible, Mr. Danner loves spending time and traveling with his wife Terri and their three children Allie, Zach, and Nate. As an outdoor sports enthusiast, he also enjoys everything from surfing and skiing to taking long hikes with his dog Milo.
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