DONALD W. KRAFTSON, MANAGING DIRECTORDon joined Ariane in 2003.He
supports clients during every phase of the fundraising process. During his eight years in the private equity industry, Don, as a general partner, helped his private equity firm raise $340 million and has been a leader and member of teams responsible for investing $200 million in twelve portfolio companies.
, as a board member, participated in raising $435 million in outside capital for six portfolio companies.Prior to joining Ariane, Don was a partner with Dolphin Equity Partners, a New York based communications and media focused private equity fund which he helped form in 1998.Don began his private equity career in 1995 as a Summer Associate at CIBC Capital Partners, the merchant banking arm of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and held the title of Senior Associate when he left.From 1989 until 1994, Don worked at PNC Bank in the Communications Lending and Loan Workout Departments, last holding the title of Assistant Vice President. Don earned his M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and his B.B.A from the College of William and Mary in 1989.