Swander Pace hires two

The San Francisco based firm is bringing on two for consulting and origination

San Francisco-based Swander Pace Capital has hired Carolyn Hanigan and Alina Costica DiMeglio to advise portfolio companies and originate new deals.

Hanigan joins the firm from her own company Maven Branding, a brand consulting agency that was already working with other Swander Pace portfolio companies. Hanigan worked for Swander Pace once before – in 2011 – where she led marketing efforts at Swander Pace portfolio company Merrick Pet Care. In her new role, she will focus on marketing leadership and provide strategic advice to the firm’s portfolio companies.

Hanigan will be based in the San Francisco office.

Costica DiMeglio joins the firm from KKR where she served on the acquisition team. At Swander Pace, she will join the investment staff focusing on deal sourcing and execution as well as portfolio management.

Costica DiMeglio will be based in the New Jersey office.

Swander Pace is currently investing from its SPC Partners V vehicle which closed in April on $350 million, according to Private Equity International’s research and analytics division. The firm focuses on middle market investments in the US, primarily in the consumer space.

In September, the firm exited its interest in Insight Pharmaceuticals to Prestige Brands for $750 million, PEI reported at the time. The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan was a co-investor in the company when Swander Pace acquired Insight from Allied Capital Corp., a listed business development company in 2009.