Stewart A. Kohl '77

Board-Elected Trustee

Professional Affiliation Co-Chief Executive Officer
The Riverside Company
Cleveland, Ohio
Educational Background Oberlin College, BA, 1977
Term of Board Service 2003-2015

Stewart A. Kohl is Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Riverside Company, a private equity firm founded in 1988 to invest in premier companies at the smaller end of the middle market.

Throughout its history, Riverside has maintained a core philosophy of investing in smaller Stewart Kohlmarket-leading companies, enabling it to acquire more than 260 companies and to build more than $3 billion of capital under management in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The firm has generated consistently superior returns for its investors, which include leading pension funds, endowments, funds-of-funds, insurance companies and banks.  In 2010, Riverside was recognized by Buyouts Magazine as "Buyout Firm of the Year" and by Mergers & Acquisitions Journal as "Private Equity Firm of the Year."  Under the guidance of Mr. Kohl and Co-CEO Béla Szigethy, Riverside has grown to employ more than 200 people in 20 offices including co-headquarters in Cleveland and New York and offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco in North America; in Brussels, Budapest, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Munich, Prague, Stockholm and Warsaw in Europe; and in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Seoul and Tokyo in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Prior to joining Riverside in 1993, Mr. Kohl was a vice president of Citicorp Venture Capital, Ltd., the private equity arm of Citibank.

Mr. Kohl serves on the following boards of directors: Oberlin College, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute Leadership Board. Mr. Kohl was inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence in 2009. He previously served as Co-Chair of the Building for Hope Capital Campaign of the Center for Families and Children. For the past 13 years, he has been a “Heavy Hitter” participant in the Pan-Mass Challenge bicycle fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Mr. Kohl earned his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1977. He and his wife reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where they enjoy spending time with their daughter and three grandchildren.