Cathy Leonhardt is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Solomon Partners’ Global Consumer Retail Group. She joined the Firm in 2003.
Regarded as an innovative thought leader with deep industry knowledge, Ms. Leonhardt is a trusted advisor to established and emerging retailing, consumer-branded and apparel companies. As an industry leader, Cathy regularly discusses trends in the retailing sector including for CNBC, Bloomberg, Yahoo! Finance and WWD.
From visionary entrepreneurs to large public companies, she has advised a range of clients on important domestic and cross-border transactions throughout her 20-year career.
Prior to joining Solomon Partners, Ms. Leonhardt was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley. While there, she advised on Sears’ acquisition of Land’s End, Tommy Hilfiger Corporation’s acquisition of Tommy Europe, Jones Apparel’s acquisition of McNaughton, merger of Monsanto and Pharmacia, Georgia-Pacific’s spin-off of The Timber Company to Plum Creek, and the sale of Donna Karan’s beauty business to Estée Lauder. Ms. Leonhardt began her career at Wachovia as an officer in the US Corporate Banking Group.
Ms. Leonhardt holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS, summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama.