Mr. Hood is a Managing Director and the Founder of William Hood & Company, a differentiated industry-focused investment banking firm covering the Consumer, Food and Retail sectors with a specialization in Health and Wellness.
Prior to founding William Hood & Company, Mr. Hood was a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey where he led the firm’s Consumer Health and Wellness practice. Over a period of almost eight years, Mr. Hood built the leading Consumer Wellness and Nutritional practice on Wall Street, having led or been involved in many of the largest and best-known transactions. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Hood spent nine years at Sawaya Partners, a firm he joined as the first employee at inception and where he became a Partner, originating and executing M&A transactions primarily in the OTC and Personal Care industries. Mr. Hood began his career 22 years ago as an Investment Banking Analyst at PaineWebber, where he executed M&A and public equity and debt transactions prior to the sale to UBS.
Mr. Hood’s notable transaction experience includes the sale of Atrium Innovations to Nestlé for $2.4 billion, the sale of The Nature’s Bounty Company from The Carlyle Group to KKR, the sale of Unipharm to Takeda, the sale of U.K.-based Holland & Barrett to Letter1 Retail for $2.3 billion, the sale of Iovate to Xiwang (China) for $850 million, the sale of Jamieson to CCMP, the sale of Schiff Nutrition to Reckitt Benckiser for $1.4 billion, the sale of Avid Health to Church & Dwight for $650 million and the sale of Emergen-C to Pfizer for $350 million.
Widely regarded as an expert within the space, Mr. Hood is frequently invited to speak about M&A at key Health and Wellness industry events including Expo West, the Nutrition Business Journal Summit, Supply Side West and ACG. Mr. Hood is also a key contributor to both industry and financial publications and has been interviewed and quoted about matters of M&A in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Nutrition Business Journal, Whole Foods Magazine and the Daily Deal, among others.
Mr. Hood serves on the Global Board of Advisors for Vitamin Angels, the Board of Trustees for Vitamin Angels in the U.K. and the Board of Directors of Greenwich Emergency Medical Services in Greenwich, CT.
Mr. Hood has a broad global network and travels frequently to Europe, Asia and Latin America. He grew up in the U.K. and Hong Kong and holds a B.S. from Georgetown University. Mr. Hood is proficient in French, German and Spanish.
William Hood & Company, LLC is a U.S.-registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA. Mr. Hood holds the following FINRA Registrations: Series 7, 24, 63 and 79.