Mike’s experience includes significant operational experience in technology companies, M&A and deal-making from a corporate perspective, business development in the technology area and international strategic planning for Fortune 500 companies.
Mike leads Pharus’s practice areas in industrial software, retail software, e-Commerce & Advertising Technology BPO, IT Services as well consumer products and healthcare.
Prior to founding Pharus, Mike was Vice President and General Manager of govWorks, Inc. where he was responsible for the company’s consumer division and online business. Before govWorks, Mike was Director of Corporate Development and Director of e-Business for Revlon. Prior to Revlon, Mike was in the Corporate Development group at R.R. Donnelley & Sons, served in the National Economic Council at the White House and was a management consultant for William Kent International, a boutique consulting firm focused on international strategy.
Mike graduated with a BS in Economics, cum laude, from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and earned an MBA, with honors, from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mike lives in Westport CT with his wife and three sons
Ken has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, refinancings, and principal investments.
Ken leads Pharus’s practice areas in education technology, digital media, and broadcast technology, and also has relevant experience across multiple sectors, BPO, enterprise software, industrial technology, consumer products, energy, and aerospace/defense.
Prior to founding Pharus, Ken assisted in starting Conway, Del Genio, Gries& Co. LLC, a restructuring and M&A advisory firm. Previously, Ken was a Managing Director and founding member of The Chart Group, L.P., an international merchant banking advisory and private equity firm. He began his career in Ernst & Young’s M&A and restructuring advisory practice and helped build Ernst & Young’s practice in Eastern Europe.
Ken graduated with a BS from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and earned an M.A. in Comparative European Studies from the University of Sussex.
Ken lives in Lower Manhattan with his wife and two boys
Mr. Mattoo is a Managing Director and early member of the Pharus team. He has advised companies globally on mergers, acquisitions, financings, and restructuring for over fifteen years. Mr. Mattoo has worked with companies in a variety of technology, media, and telecom sectors including software, technology enabled services, media, and broadcast technology.
Prior to joining Pharus, Mr. Mattoo was part of the investment banking team at the New York office of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, a leading nationwide investment bank providing M&A, financial restructuring, financing and valuation services. At Houlihan Lokey Mr. Mattoo worked on financial restructuring and M&A engagements in an array of industries including telecommunications, gaming, manufacturing, financial services and real estate. In addition, Mr. Mattoo gained extensive experience at Houlihan Lokey in valuing companies in a wide variety of industries and delivering M&A related fairness opinions.
Mr. Mattoo received a B.S. in Finance and Economics from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Dr. Orlow serves as a Managing Director at Pharus, focusing on healthcare and consumer product transactions. He has over 25 years of experience in medicine, science, and finance. Dr. Orlow is Chair of the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University
In 1995 he co-founded Anaderm, a cosmeceutical discovery company backed by Pfizer and OSI Pharmaceuticals. He participated in the sale of Anaderm to Pfizer in 2002. From 2001-2010, he rose from Advisor to Partner with Easton Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focused on healthcare and consumer products. At Easton, he was involved in the sourcing, diligence, funding, oversight and exit of investments in many healthcare companies. As an inventor, Dr. Orlow has licensed technologies to companies ranging from Pfizer to SkinMedica. An author of over 200 medical/scientific publications, he is an internationally sought-after speaker and thought leader.
A graduate of Harvard in Biochemical Sciences and with an MD-PhD in Molecular Pharmacology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Orlow trained in Pediatrics and Dermatology at Mt. Sinai and Yale.
Ms. Deborah Weinswig serves as a Senior Advisor at Pharus, focusing on retail innovation and technology. Ms. Weinswig is the Executive Director and Head of Global Retail & Technology for the Fung Business Intelligence Centre.
An award-winning global retail analyst and a specialist in retail innovation and technology, Ms Weinswig is responsible for building the Centre’s research capabilities and providing insights into the disruptive technologies reshaping today’s global retail landscape.
She most recently served as Head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary Team at Citi Research where she was consistently ranked among the top analysts in her field.
Ms Weinswig also serves as a mentor to Silicon Valley accelerators including Alchemist Accelerator, Plug & Play, and ERA (Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator), and sits on the advisory boards of several early-stage companies in both the US and Hong Kong and many philanthropic organizations. She was recently named to the advisory board of the World Retail Congress.