Pomona Capital is a global, value-oriented private equity firm specializing in secondary investing and focused on generating significant performance while seeking to limit risk.
CEO & Portfolio Manager
Michael founded Pomona Capital in 1994 and is responsible for strategic planning, capital and executive management. He has 31 years of private equity experience. Prior to founding Pomona, Mr. Granoff served as President of partnerships organized to purchase secondary interests in private equity funds and as a Director of a number of private companies engaged in health care, manufacturing, and financial services while President of Golodetz Ventures and Vice President of TEI Industries. Prior to his business career, Mr. Granoff served on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations. He was a member of the 1992 Presidential Transition Team for the Department of the Treasury. Mr. Granoff was appointed by President Clinton to the Board of the Albanian-American Enterprise Fund, a U.S. government-sponsored private sector development initiative, where he serves as Chairman. He is also Chairman of the Albanian American Development Foundation, the largest non-profit organization in Albania. Mr. Granoff is a recipient of The Order of Skanderbeg Medal and The Order of Mother Teresa Medal from the President of Albania. Mr. Granoff is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Director of the Grameen Bank U.S. He has been a Guest Lecturer at the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of Business. Mr. Granoff received a JD from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Frances N. Janis
Senior Partner & Portfolio Manager
Fran co-founded Pomona Capital in 1994 and leads investment decision-making in the secondaries, primary funds of funds and co-investment businesses. Fran has 32 years of private equity experience. Prior to joining Pomona, she was a general partner of Hambro International Equity Partners, a venture group that managed a series of domestic and offshore funds. During her career, Fran served as a director of a number of private and public companies engaged in the telecommunications equipment, consumer products, software services, health care and specialty retailing industries. She received an MBA from Northeastern University, and a BS from the State University at New York (Albany). Fran is a member of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern University.
Partner & Portfolio Manager
Lorraine joined Pomona Capital in 2007 and leads the firm's investment process. She has 21 years of private equity experience. Prior to joining Pomona Capital, Ms. Hliboki spent fifteen years at General Electric Company, most recently as a senior managing director at GE Equity. In that role, she was responsible for originating, structuring, negotiating, and underwriting private equity transactions in public and private companies. Ms. Hliboki had both domestic and international responsibilities across many different industries. She also served on the board of directors of many private companies in the financial services, healthcare and services sectors. Previously, Ms. Hliboki spent three years as a senior financial analyst at Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, then a subsidiary of General Electric Company. Ms. Hliboki received an MBA from New York University and a BS from Fairfield University.
Chief Operating Officer
Joel joined Pomona as a Consultant in 2014 and assumed his current role in 2015. He has over 20 years of alternative investment, operations and legal experience, and has held senior level management positions in the asset management industry since 2005. In 2013, Joel founded Z to A Ventures, LLC, a strategic advisory and consulting business that primarily serves asset managers in the alternative investments industry. Previously, Joel was a Partner and Senior Managing Director at ICON Investments, a credit-oriented global investment platform that has invested over $4 billion of client capital. Prior to ICON, he was a corporate attorney at Fried Frank LLP in London and New York. Joel received a JD from Boston University and a BA from Connecticut College. Joel is a Senior Advisor to Diamond Funds Ventures Management, LLC, an Advisor to EMM Investments, LLC, and a Director of Precision Kidd Steel Company, Inc.
Head of Business Development
Bob Alderman is a registered representative of Voya Investments Distributor, LLC, the distributor of Pomona Investment Fund. Bob assists the Pomona team as Voya's Head of Business Development for Pomona Investment Fund. He has 30 years of experience in wealth management, alternative investments and asset management. Prior to assuming his current role, Bob was Executive Vice President and Head of Wealth Management for GBI, a precious metals offering for advisors and clients across all channels of wealth management and Head of Private Investments in the U.S. and Europe for the World Gold Council. Before that, Bob ran retail distribution for Credit Suisse Asset Management, and was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, where he was the Global Head of Distribution and Marketing for the firm's Alternative Investments Group. During his 20 years at Merrill Lynch, Bob also served as the National Sales Manager for financial planning and was the National Marketing Manager for Merrill Lynch Asset Management. Bob earned his MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and has a BA from Clark University.
Senior Regional Director – Private Equity
Bill Dodson is a registered representative of Voya Investments Distributor, LLC, the distributor of Pomona Investment Fund. Bill joined Pomona in 2014, as a member of the Pomona Capital Investor Relations team, and assumed his current role as Senior Regional Director for Pomona Investment Fund in 2016, shortly after the launch of the fund. He has 13 years of alternative investment experience, and has worked with all client types throughout his career such as family offices, consultants, endowments, foundations, Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs), broker dealers, and other private wealth platforms. Prior to joining Pomona, Bill worked as a Vice President of business development for both Gemini Real Estate Advisors and Bank of New York Mellon. Previous experience also includes work as a member of the private equity group at OrbiMed Advisors. Bill received a BA from Denison University and a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University. He was a 4 year starter and captain of the Denison University Men’s Soccer team.
Senior Regional Director – Private Equity
Kyle McKenzie is a senior regional director – private equity for the Voya Investment Management Pomona Investment Fund. Prior to joining Voya, Kyle served as a vice president at Charles Schwab. Previously, he was associate director at Artisan Partners and a senior associate at Forward Funds. Kyle earned a BS in business administration from University of Oregon and is currently an MBA candidate at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. Kyle holds the FINRA Series 7, 66 and 63 licenses.