Barry Rosenstein is the founder and Managing Partner of JANA Partners LLC, an event driven hedge fund located in New York. JANA Partners applies a private equity style research approach to the public markets, focusing on companies with a compelling valuation and a catalyst to realize value. In addition to fundamental investing, JANA has a proven track record in implementing activism. JANA has been a successful activist in companies including TNT, El Paso, Charles River, CNET, Kerr-McGee Corp., Artesyn Technologies, Houston Exploration Company, InterCept and SourceCorp. Most recently, JANA partnered with one of Canada’s largest institutional investment fund managers in making an investment in The McGraw Hill Companies and calling for changes to the company’s corporate structure.
Prior to establishing JANA, Mr. Rosenstein was the founder and Managing Partner of Sagaponack Partners, a private equity fund. Mr. Rosenstein was instrumental in the initial funding of Copart, Inc., which is currently the world’s largest auto salvage company. Mr. Rosenstein began his career as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions with Merrill Lynch in New York and was also a principal in charge of corporate takeover for Asher Edelman’s Plaza Securities Corporation. Mr. Rosenstein graduated from Lehigh University (1981) Phi Beta Kappa and earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business (1984) and is a CPA.
Mr. Rosenstein is a trustee of Brown University and the 92nd Street Y in New York City and a board member of Make the Road New York.