Kelly A. Romano
Principal Occupation and Business Experience
Ms. Romano is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BlueRipple Capital, LLC, a consultancy firm focused on strategy, acquisitions, deal structure, and channel development for high technology companies and private equity firms. Ms. Romano retired from United Technologies Corporation (a diversified company that provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries) in 2016 after serving in various positions of increasing responsibility since 1984. From 1993 to 2016, Ms. Romano held a number of senior executive positions at United Technologies Corporation, including President, Intelligent Building Technologies, Building Systems & Services (September 2014 to April 2016), Corporate Vice President, Business Development, UTC Corporate Headquarters (March 2012 to September 2014), President, Global Security Products, UTC Fire & Security (May 2011 to February 2012), Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, UTC Fire & Security (January 2010 to April 2011), and President, Building Systems & Services, Carrier Corporation (January 2006 to December 2009). Ms. Romano has been an executive advisory board member of Gryphon Investors (a private equity firm focused on middle-market investment opportunities) since December 2016; a senior advisory partner of Sand Oak Capital Partners, LLC (a private equity firm focused on investments in industrial and manufacturing companies in the U.S.) since May 2016; managing partner of Xinova, LLC (an innovation development and banking firm) May 2016-January 2020; a director and co-chair of the Board of Potter Electric Signal (a leading sprinkler monitoring and fire-life safety company) since December 2017; a director of start-up 75F since August 2020 and an operating partner of AE Industrial Partners, LP (a private equity firm focused on aerospace and industrial investments) since August 2020. Ms. Romano is currently a director of Dorman Products, Inc. In connection with the suspension of voluntary reporting obligations under the Exchange Act, Ms. Romano also served as a Director of UGI Utilities, Inc. until April 2020.
Key Skills and Qualifications
Ms. Romano’s qualifications to serve as a director include her extensive global senior management experience at United Technologies Corporation and her operational, technology, sales, marketing, distribution, strategic planning and leadership, business development, corporate governance, and executive compensation knowledge and expertise.