Charles C. McIlvaine, AB’87, P’18

Darien, Connecticut

Charlie McIlvaine is the Managing Partner of Thomaston Capital, LLC, a private investment firm that invests in growth or later stage companies primarily in the consumer/retail sector. Additionally, Charlie is Chairman & CEO of Coen Markets, Inc., an operator of nearly 30 convenience stores in the PA, OH, WV tri-state area, Executive Chairman of Coen Oil Company, LLC, which includes a commercial fuel distribution and energy field services business, and Managing Member of Thomaston Land which invests and manages over 60 commercial properties.   

Charlie was previously a member of Avista Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in New York with $4 billion under management, where he focused on investments in the consumer sector.  Prior to working in private equity, Charlie was Co-Global Group Head and Managing Director of the Global Consumer Group for Deutsche Bank.  In this capacity, he had responsibility for managing a group of 50+ professionals across three global investment banking offices which generated revenues over $300 million.  DB’s Global Consumer Group advised on mergers & acquisitions and raised debt and equity capital for clients in the food/beverage, household products/personal care, retail/restaurant and business services sectors. Previous to DB, Charlie was a senior member and Managing Director of J.P. Morgan’s Global Consumer Group in investment banking.  While at J.P. Morgan, he executed financings and mergers and acquisitions for a wide range of consumer companies. He began his career as an investment banking analyst for Merrill Lynch based in New York and London.

Charlie currently serves on the Board of Visitors for Duke Medicine, and is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Advisors for DUSON at Duke University.  Charlie holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, attended New College of Oxford University, and earned a BA in economics from Duke University.