John C. "Jay" Wilkins Jr., president of private equity investment firm Harvest Partners, died unexpectedly Feb. 4.
"Jay's sudden death is a shock to everyone at Harvest Partners and is a great loss to all of us," Harvest said in a statement Monday.
No cause of death was disclosed.
Mr. Wilkins joined Harvest in 2010 as a principal and has served as its president since 2021.
"Jay was a talented investor and great leader and friend and will be deeply missed by the firm," CEO Michael DeFlorio said in the company statement.
Mr. Wilkins is survived by his wife, McCartney, and son, Jack.
Harvest declined to comment on a potential successor for Mr. Wilkins.
New York-based Harvest focuses on investments in middle-market companies in the business services and industrial services, consumer, health care, industrials and software industries.
As of Dec. 31, 2021, Harvest had regulatory assets under management of about $18.6 billion on a discretionary basis and about $401 million on a non-discretionary basis, according to an ADV form filed with the SEC in September 2022.