Robert H. Niehaus
Chairman and Founder
GCP Capital Partners, LLC
Robert H. Niehaus is the Chairman and Founder of GCP Capital Partners LLC, an independent, privately held investment management firm which currently manages four U.S. private equity funds totaling $1.8 billion in committed capital. GCP has had a successful track record investing $1.6 billion in approximately 68 portfolio companies. Mr. Niehaus formed GCP Capital Partners in 2009 as the successor to Greenhill Capital Partners, the merchant banking business of Greenhill & Co., Inc. (NYSE: GHL). Mr. Niehaus joined Greenhill & Co. in 2000 to begin the formation of Greenhill Capital Partners and served as its Chairman and Chair of its Investment Committee from 2000 to 2009.
Prior to joining Greenhill in 2000, Mr. Niehaus spent 17 years at Morgan Stanley & Co., where he was a Managing Director in the merchant banking department from 1990 to 1999. Mr. Niehaus was Vice Chairman and a Director of the Morgan Stanley Leveraged Equity Fund II, L.P., a $2.2 billion private equity investment fund, from 1992 to 1999 and was Vice Chairman and a Director of Morgan Stanley Capital Partners III, L.P., a $1.8 billion private equity investment fund, from1994 to 1999. Mr. Niehaus was also Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley’s merchant banking department from 1996 to 1998.
Mr. Niehaus is Chairman of Iridium Communications, Inc. (NASD: IRDM), and is a director of several private GCP portfolio companies. Mr. Niehaus is a Trustee of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and chairs its Investment Committee which oversees a $5.4 billion endowment. Mr. Niehaus also chairs the New York Catholic Foundation and is a Board Member of the Asia Society, the Jesuit Refugee Services USA, Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, Student Sponsor Partners, and Success Academy Charter Schools. Mr. Niehaus is a graduate of Princeton University (1977) and the Harvard Business School (1982), from which he graduated with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.