W. F. (Rooney) deButts
Head of Portfolio Company Operations, Private Equity/Real Assets
Rooney deButts is a member of Barings’ Private Equity/Real Assets Investment Committee and is Head of Portfolio Company Operations. Rooney joined the firm in 2018 and has worked in the industry since 1989, bringing over 33 years of operational experience. At the firm, Rooney has led the development and implementation of the team’s portfolio company operating model. Rooney currently sits on the board of GigaMonster and Timberland Forest Holding. Prior to joining the firm, Rooney worked for Sun Capital Partners as Group Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for the firm’s performance improvement team. During his time there, he also sat on numerous portfolio company boards. Prior to Sun Capital, he was a Partner at Ernst & Young Consulting and was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on strategy and operational turnarounds. He has also held positions with The Corporate Executive Board and U.S. Steel. Rooney holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.