John Barger  |  Managing Director

John is Managing Director of NorthernCross Partners. In his role as Managing Director, John is an investor and director on a number of privately held company boards. He is also the managing director and general partner in a private equity fund.

A lawyer by training, he began at a major law firm and moved to New York and London as an executive at Citicorp Investment Bank and Bankers Trust. In 1995 he struck out on his own with two partners to form XL Capital (NYSE: XL) Latin American Reinsurance Company, Ltd. (today, AXA/Latin America). He and his partners successfully built and exited that firm, selling their interest to XL in 2001. He founded NorthernCross Partners shortly thereafter.

From 2008-2016 John served on the Investment Board of the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA), the largest county pension fund in the United States with $60 billion in portfolio assets. On three occasions he served as Board Chair.  He is also a sitting Governor of the United States Postal Service, nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Born in Los Angeles, California, John is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University (History/Philosophy, Cum Laude), the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (JD), and the London School of Economics (MSc. Econ: Finance & Accounting). He and his wife have two adult children and live outside Los Angeles. He is an Eagle Scout.

Robert James Winans  |  Director

R.J. is a Director at NorthernCross Partners. In addition to heading firm operations, he provides consulting, advisory and board services to the Firm’s general partner/management company

Prior to working at NorthernCross Partners, R.J. received a Masters in Theological Studies at Duke University, with an emphasis on corporate social responsibility. He is a graduate of Biola University with a BA in Public Relations and Biblical and Theological Studies.

R.J.’s current interests include theological ethics, economics and investing; the latter considering both financial returns and corporate social responsibility, Socially Responsible Investing and Environmental Social Governance. R.J. works in NorthernCross’s Los Angeles office. 

Chun Lai  |  Senior Advisor

Chun is an advisor and consultant for NorthernCross Partners, assigned to drive strategic change and operating performance of portfolio companies. He began his career as a strategy consultant at Booz•Allen & Hamilton, running diverse projects in multiple industries. He also led the successful turnaround of a Hong Kong division of a public corporation and partnered with an SAP supported start-up applying enterprise software to the automotive dealership vertical market.  

Chun is a graduate of the University of Western Australia (Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Bachelor of Science in Economics, Summa Cum Laude). An ardent investor and leader, he divides his time with private investing and engagement in the leadership of a non-profits, including most recently as the Vice President of Online Learning, Finance and Operations for Westminster Theological Seminary. He resides in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and four children.

Todd Evans  |  Senior Advisor

Todd is an advisor and consultant for NorthernCross Partners, providing operational and financial management and oversight to a number of NorthernCross portfolio companies. He is also a director
of these companies. He has a depth of experience with companies in technology, software/SaaS and

Todd’s experience advising companies extends over a twenty-year career.  He began his career at Lehman brothers in New York, where he provided M&A and growth capital advice to companies.  Most recently was a managing director at Triangle Advisors, and prior to that a director at GCA Savvian Advisors. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and a BA in Business/Economics from Wheaton College. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

Andrew B. Workman  |  Associate

Andrew is an associate at NorthernCross Partners in the Los Angeles office. He provides administrative and operational support and portfolio research and consulting. He received a BA in English and History from Duke University. His interests include American History, public policy, the arts, and problem solving.

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