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Cornellians in Private Equity

Brian Simmons

A.B. '82

Managing Partner
CHS Capital (Chicago, IL)


Mr. Brian P. Simmons co-founded CHS Capital (Former Name: Code Hennessy & Simmons, L.L.C) in 1988 and serves as its Managing Partner. Mr. Simmons focuses on industrial, infrastructure, and energy investments. He is the Managing Partner of Code, Hennessy & Simmons, L.P., Code, Hennessy & Simmons IV, L.P., and Code, Hennessy & Simmons V, L.P. Mr. Simmons served as Vice President of Citicorp's Leveraged Capital Group in Chicago. He served as a Vice President in the Chicago office of Citicorp's Leveraged Capital Group. He worked with CitiCorp. from 1986 until 1988. Prior to that, he worked with Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh and Chicago. He served as Executive Officer of BNY Mellon, National Association. He serves as Chairman of Chicago Public Education Fund.


Mr. Simmons holds an A.B. from Cornell University.

Board Affiliations

Mr. Simmons serves as a Director at American Asphalt & Grading Company, Inc., Gundle/SLT Environmental Inc., LVI Services Inc., MLS Holdings, Inc., Penhall International Corp., AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., Penhall LVI LLC, and Waddington North America Inc. He served as a Director of Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. since 1997 until September 21, 2005 and Thermon Group Holdings, Inc., from April 30, 2010 to May 10, 2011. Mr. Simmons served as a Director of Allegheny Technologies Inc. from 2002 to May 28, 2003. He served as Director of Kilovac Corporation. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Latin School Of Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, U.S. Ski, Snowboard Team Foundation, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Mr. Simmons is on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. He is a member of the Emeritus Board of the Greater Chicago Food Depository where he served as Board Chairman and Capital Campaign Chairman.