Senior Operating Partner
Clemente became an Operating Partner for Graham Partners in 2007. At Graham he is involved in deal flow creation, deal review, due diligence, as well as development of new investment ideas for the firm and management of Graham’s Investment Theme Program. He currently has coverage responsibility for the general industrial industry sector.
Prior to joining Graham Partners, Clemente cofounded and operated BreadVentures, Inc., a regional manufacturer and distributor of high-quality bakery products sold primarily to foodservice companies, supermarkets, and specialty food stores. He is an entrepreneur who has owned and operated manufacturing businesses and has also had prior experience in investment banking, leveraged buyouts and consulting. Clemente started his career at Chemical Bank (New York, NY) as an associate in a newly formed M&A/Investment Banking group. Subsequently, he joined Westfield Capital Corporation (Greenwich, CT), an LBO firm focusing on lower Middle Market transactions.
Clemente earned his B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University and his M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. In 2013 he completed the MIT Sloan Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation, and Technology (ACE). Clemente has also taken several courses to update his knowledge and renew his expertise, including courses in Accounting and Financial Analysis (American Management Association) and Corporate Restructuring and Private Equity-Venture Capital (Harvard Business School-Executive Education). He also holds a CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) certification from APICS (2012) and a Lean Six Sigma certification from Villanova University (2013).
Clemente was born and raised in Rome, Italy and has resided in the United States since 1981. He enjoys mountaineering and adventure travel. Clemente speaks three languages fluently (English, Italian and Spanish), is an art collector and a lifelong learner. In his spare time Clemente also enjoys reading books, studying Mandarin and Chinese history, and politics.