Phil Berney

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Kelso & Co.


Phil joined Kelso in 1999. He spent the preceding eight years at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., eventually becoming a Senior Managing Director and Head of the High Yield Capital Markets group. He was previously in High Yield Finance at The First Boston Corporation.

Phil is currently a director of EACOM Timber, Logan's Roadhouse and PowerTeam Services. In addition, he is active in the Firm’s investments in Eagle Family Foods, Sandler O’Neill + Partners and Venari Resources. He has served as a director on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including Armkel, Cronos, Custom Building Products, Del Laboratories, DS Waters, Nortek, Overwatch Systems, PSAV and Wilton Re.

Phil received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He is currently a Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee at The Trinity School of New York City, a member of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Board and a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Health System.