Peter A. Nitze
Nitze-Stagen Capital Partners
Driven by the belief that a healthy manufacturing sector is critical to the long-term well being of the U.S. economy, Peter Nitze has spent the past 25 years in Executive and Operations Management roles working to ensure the continuing competitiveness of leading U.S. high-technology corporations. Having completed financial management training at GE and earned two graduate engineering degrees from Stanford, Mr. Nitze has sought to apply his training and experience to increase corporate profitability and growth through the transformation of core business processes, including manufacturing, R&D, new product development, organizational talent growth, supply chain management, and strategic planning.
Most recently, Mr. Nitze served as COO of Martek Biosciences – a leader in the innovation, development, production and sale of high-value products from microbial sources that promote health and wellness through nutrition – where, for over 5 years, he played a leading role in successfully transitioning the company from an early-stage venture into a mature business that was purchased by the Dutch conglomerate Royal DSM NV in early 2011 for $1.1B, a 35% premium over its market capitalization. Following the acquisition, Mr. Nitze oversaw the integration of Martek Biosciences into DSM Nutritional Products, serving as President of DSM Nutritional Lipids until his departure in May 2013.
Previously, Mr. Nitze led operations within a number of medium and large technology-based companies, including DRS Technologies, a top producer of defense electronics; AlliedSignal/Honeywell, a global supplier of advanced materials and technology solutions; and Thomas & Betts, a leading manufacturer of pre-molded high-voltage connectors and components for worldwide electrical markets. He also has operations and general management experience in small-company environments; including forming and running an advanced optoelectronics group at Honeywell, serving as the COO of a risk management start-up created by Goldman Sachs, and leading manufacturing at a start-up machine tool company.
Mr. Nitze has been active for decades in supporting the health and sustainability of the communities where he has lived and worked. An early advisor to the Maryland MechTech program in the ‘90s, he helped link community colleges with local manufacturers to provide apprenticeships to build a skilled workforce. While at Martek/DSM, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Technology Council of Maryland, the Baltimore Science Center and, as an appointee of the Maryland Governor, on the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board. As an officer of Potomac Preservation, Inc., in southern Maryland, he has advocated for sustainable land stewardship, wildlife habitat and natural waterway protection policies and programs. Mr. Nitze Chaired the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, the Rudolf Steiner School, in New York City and served as Finance Chair of the Willow Day School while living in New Jersey. Mr. Nitze earned his BA from Harvard University.