Brent JohnstoneCo-Founder & Managing Director
areas of expertise
- Private Equity
- Business Transformation
- Business Analytics
- Growth Strategy
- M&A transaction support
- M.B.A., Harvard Business School
- B.A., Harvard College
Brent joins ActVantage with an extensive background in putting analytics and technology into practice as an analytics-focused private equity principal, as CEO of a pet supply distributor, and after serving several prominent roles at large and small analytics-oriented software companies. Before ActVantage, Brent founded Granite Analytics and developed GraniteEdge, a distributor focused, customer-facing suite of tools designed to reinvent engagement between distributors and their customers.
Prior to that, Brent co-founded Quarry Capital Management, where Brent led the acquisition of Royal Pet Supplies, a $70MM pet supply distributor. He successfully orchestrated an analytics-driven turnaround, which included a two year tenure as interim CEO during which he oversaw a 4-fold increase in EBITDA, ultimately driving a 3x cash-on-cash return to investors. Prior to Quarry, Brent ran advanced analytics and oversaw flagship brands First Call, I/B/E/S and Thomson ONE Analytics and a $150M P&L in the investment management division at Thomson Financial. Prior to Thomson Financial, he was General Manager of TheMarketsPro at TheMarkets.com, a consortium of eleven of the largest global broker dealers, including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup. Before that, Brent founded, designed and launched BulldogResearch.com, a financial site with over 500,000 monthly visitors that was awarded Forbes Best of the Web in 2000. Brent worked at Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley in the 1990s, including an investment banking stint in Morgan Stanley’s storied technology corporate finance group.
Brent lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children. He loves traveling, fitness, playing guitar, and coaching soccer. Like his fellow co-founder, Pradip, Brent enjoys applying analytics to win his fantasy football league (but unlike Pradip, Brent went undefeated this past season).