Our Team

Thomas J. Kichler Operating Partner

Tom is an Operating Partner at SJL Partners. He currently also serves as Senior Advisor at CVC Capital Partners, and he was previously a Partner and US Head of Industrials and Energy at CVC. Prior to joining CVC, he served as a Managing Director and Partner at One Equity Partners LLC for 14 years. Prior to his work as an investor in private equity, he spent 19 years in investment banking. He was a Managing Director at Citi and its predecessor Salomon Brothers. He also worked at Wasserstein Perella and at Ernst & Young. In total, he advised on over 100 completed mergers and acquisition transactions with an aggregate transaction value exceeding $50 billion, mostly in the industrial and consumer industry groups. Tom led, co-led or directed 21 investments with equity invested in excess of $4 billion. He currently serves as Chairman at Anchor Glass Container Corporation since 2016, and as a director at Momentive Performance Materials since 2019. He previously served as Chairman or director on a number of private and public companies including Progress Rail Services (now Caterpillar), LBC Tank Terminals, Columbian Chemicals (now Birla Carbon), PeroxyChem (now Evonik), Sonneborn Refined Products (now Holly Frontier), East Balt Bakeries (now Grupo Bimbo), Patil Rail Services Ltd., Western Hospitals (now Apollo Hospitals), Expert Global Solutions (now Alorica) and Polarcus Ltd. He has over 18 years of experience in the private equity industry and a proven track record in numerous transactions across the industrials and energy sector. He is a Certified Public Accountant.


Tom received a B.S.E. in Banking, Finance, Securities Law and Corporate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.