Nelda J. Connors is the founder and serves as the Chairwoman and CEO of Pine Grove Holdings, LLC, a woman and minority-owned privately-held investment firm. Pine Grove Holdings acquires and operates smallto-mid-sized businesses with highly-engineered products and services.
Pine Grove Holdings, LLC has investments in 10 companies primarily focusing on stand-by power generators, specialty logistics and transportation,
systems as a service (SAAS) and advanced engineering and processing of materials.
Prior to Pine Grove Holdings, Nelda was an executive, managing several divisions of global automotive and industrial corporations, including Tyco International, Eaton Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Corporation.
In December of 2010, she led the IPO of Atkore International, as its CEO, taking the electrical and metals division of Tyco International, with $2.5 billion in global revenue, public under the NYSE ticker, ATKR.
In addition to success as a C-Level executive, Nelda also currently serves as a public board member for BorgWarner Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, EnerSys Corporation and Baker Hughes Company.
Most recently, Nelda was invited to become the independent advisor to the board of Nissan North America, Inc. and to advise and serve on the board to he all women-led, Queen’s Gambit SPAC (NYSE:GMBT).
Nelda serves as an adviser to Southworth International Group, Inc., and Vibracoustic, AG, both privately held companies. Her prior roles include Class B director for the Federal Reserve Bank Of Chicago during the global financial crisis and member of the boards of Delphi Technologies plc, Echo Global Logistics, Inc., CNH Industrial NV, Clarcor Corporation, Vesuvius plc and Blount International.
Nelda attained a Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degrees from the University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio. She also attended postgraduate studies at the University of Tokyo in Japan under a Rotary International Japan Fellowship.
Philanthropically, Nelda was invited to join the Robert F. Kennedy, Human Rights Board of Directors and she serves as a director to the HBCU, Xavier University of Louisiana