About Pomona

Firm Profile 

(As of 11/01/19)
 

About Pomona
*Figure includes separate account advisory program and represents the aggregate capital commitments from investors to Pomona-sponsored funds since being founded in 1994. Any reference to Pomona’s registration with the U.S. SEC neither implies a certain level of skill or training nor constitutes an endorsement by any of the foregoing regulating authorities of Pomona’s advisory services or practices. Past performance is not an indication of future results.
 
Michael Granoff

Michael Granoff

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

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.

Lorraine Hliboki

Lorraine Hliboki

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.

Joel Kress

Joel Kress

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.

Bob Alderman

Bob Alderman

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.

William Dodson

William Dodson

Manager of Business Development

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 Investor Relations team, and assumed his current role as Voya's Manager of Business Development for Pomona Investment Fund in 2016. He has 7 years of alternative investment experience. 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. Bill received a BA from Denison University and a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Pomona Capital has been named 2019 “Best Secondaries House” by industry publication Private Equity Wire. The Private Equity Wire awards recognize the best private equity managers, consultants, advisers and service providers in a range of categories covering the global private equity space. The publication serves wealth advisers, institutional investors and investment managers around the world. Winners are based on a 'peer review system' whereby Private Equity Wire readers select a 'best in class' across different divisions.