Ron Hohauser is the Chief Financial Officer at Virgin Produced. He is also Founder and Principal of Latus Advisors, a financial and strategic advisory firm catering to film, television and media companies. Prior to Virgin Produced, Hohauser was the Chief Financial Officer of Summit Entertainment with responsibility for financial operations, human resources, information technology and investor relations. Under Hohauser’s financial leadership, in 2007 Summit raised over $1 billion in equity and debt financing to support its transformation into a mini-major film studio. In 2011, he led a $750 million recapitalization of Summit, including the return of 100+% of invested capital to the investors in the 2007 transaction. Hohauser led the sale of 100% of the equity of Summit to Lionsgate in January 2012 for over $400 million.
After receiving an MBA in Finance and Decision Processes in 1997 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Ron worked in commercial theater on Broadway, eventually becoming Vice President of Production Finance for Livent as part of a turnaround management team engaged to manage the company through bankruptcy. He played a key role in the 1999 sale of Livent to SFX Entertainment.
In 2001, he joined investment bank Gerard Klauer Mattison (GKM). There he advised media and entertainment companies such as World Wrestling Entertainment and Laser-Pacific Media Corporation on strategy, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions. When GKM was sold to the Bank of Montreal in 2003, he moved to Salem Partners, a boutique investment bank focusing primarily on entertainment transactions.
In January 2004, Hohauser joined Marvel Studios, primarily to assist the company in raising production financing for a slate of films based on Marvel characters. In September 2005, under his financial leadership, Marvel closed a $525 million film production credit facility. Hohauser left Marvel in August 2006 as Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations of Marvel Studios and Chief Financial Officer of Marvel’s production entities.
Hohauser is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education in McLean, Virginia, and the Board of Advisors of the Virginia Film Festival. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.