Mr. Bridwell is based in OpenGate Capital’s Los Angeles office as Chief Operating Officer responsible for the management and oversight of the firm’s global investment platform in North America as well as OpenGate’s finance, human resources, and IT functions. Mr. Bridwell joined OpenGate in 2018 and is a member of the Investment and Portfolio Committee. He also spearheads the firm’s expanding digital operational capabilities via OGx®, OpenGate’s proprietary technology platform.
Mr. Bridwell is a tenured professional with 15 years of private equity experience and has a proven track record of delivering operating results.
Prior to joining OpenGate, Mr. Bridwell was Partner and Managing Director – Head of Operations at Kelso & Company in New York City where he established the firm’s first operations-focused group and developed a comprehensive operations approach compatible with that firm’s investment strategy. Prior to Kelso, Mr. Bridwell was with Platinum Equity for 12 years where he held several key roles first as an interim CEO for platform investments, then as Chief Restructuring Officer for the San Diego Tribune and American Commercial Lines. In his later years at Platinum, Mr. Bridwell became an Operations Principal and Chief of Staff where he was integral in raising $3.75 billion for that firm’s third institutional fund.
Mr. Bridwell is a Graduate of Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Departmental Honors from Stanford University.