Centerview Partners, a leading independent investment banking advisory firm, announced today that Olga Lewis has joined the firm as a Partner in its New York office. Lewis joins Centerview from Goldman Sachs, where she most recently served as Managing Director in the Consumer Retail investment banking group, focused on covering retail, restaurants, branded apparel, and personal care.
“I am thrilled to join Centerview as the next step in my career. I have had the privilege of working both across the table and alongside Centerview as a co-advisor on past deals and have long admired the firm’s preeminent consumer and retail franchise and client-centric approach,” said Lewis. “I look forward to working with some of the most talented bankers in the industry while enjoying the benefits of being part of a private firm focused exclusively on serving the needs of clients and fostering the next generation of world-class advisors.”
Robert Pruzan, co-founder of Centerview, said, “Olga is a seasoned industry banker who we have successfully partnered with on numerous matters over the years. We are delighted to welcome her to the team and are confident she will be an invaluable member of our consumer and retail practice as we continue to help clients navigate an increasingly dynamic market environment.”
Blair Effron, co-founder of Centerview, added, “We are excited that Olga has chosen to join the Centerview team to further bolster our strong consumer practice. Olga brings an impressive track record advising companies across the consumer and retail sectors, and her dedication and passion to her work and clients are a great strategic and cultural fit at Centerview.”
Lewis has over 17 years of experience advising companies in the consumer and retail sectors on key strategic and financial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, activism defense, corporate carve outs and capital markets transactions, including debt and equity raises. Her recent transaction experience includes advising Maui Jim on its sale to Kering, Spanx on its sale to Blackstone, Tractor Supply on its acquisition of Orscheln and Tata Harper on its sale to Amore Pacific. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2006, Lewis served as an Assistant Vice President at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She holds an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.