U.S. private equity firm Presidio Investors has hired Chris Puscasiu as a co-managing partner. Puscasiu joins the firm from Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, where for two years he served as senior vice president and co-head of direct private equity. He also ran the Caisse’s New York subsidiary. Prior to then, he served as a partner at EQT Partners and Prides Capital, and held positions at other private equity and venture capital firms. At Presidio, Puscasiu will lead the firm’s technology-enabled services investment activities.
Chris Puscasiu, Former Co-Head of Direct Private Equity For CDPQ, Joins Presidio Investors as Co-Managing Partner
San Francisco, CA, September 6, 2017 – Presidio Investors (“Presidio”), a middle-market buyout firm based in San Francisco, CA, is pleased to announce that Chris Puscasiu, a 20-year private equity veteran, has joined as Co-Managing Partner to further reinforce Presidio’s senior leadership and investment and operational skill set. Chris recently left Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (“CDPQ”), the second largest pension fund in Canada with over CAD$280 billion under management. At CDPQ, Chris was Co-Head of Direct Private Equity, where his responsibilities included overseeing a direct private equity portfolio of ~CAD$20 billion, and leading the deployment of over CAD$5 billion in private equity opportunities. Earlier in his distinguished career, Chris served as a Partner at EQT and Prides Capital, and before that spent several years at Blum Capital Partners, AEA Investors and Bain & Company.
At Presidio, Chris will lead Presidio’s Technology-Enabled Services investment efforts (leveraging his long track record investing in Services and Technology as a former engineer from UC Berkeley) and guide the firm’s strategic direction with Co-Managing Partner, and former colleague at Blum Capital, Karl Schade (who will lead the Financial Services vertical). Chris stated, “Karl and I have known each other for two decades, having met as section-mates at Harvard Business School, and we are former colleagues. We have wanted to build a firm together for several years. I’m excited to now have the opportunity to join the team at Presidio Investors and help them further build a world-class private equity firm. Lower-middle market private equity investing, Presidio’s specialization, offers one of the best investment return profiles and Presidio Investors has built a very differentiated platform to capitalize on this type of investing.”
Karl Schade, Presidio’s Co-Managing Partner says “This is quite an exciting time in the evolution of our firm, and I feel very fortunate to have Chris join us as Co-Managing Partner of Presidio. His wealth of experience, including his deep investing and operating background, will be invaluable for our continued growth and success. Just as important, given how well we know each other, I know that he is an ideal fit for the culture we are building at Presidio. With Chris added to our team, we are even better suited to continue to deliver great investment returns to our limited partners.”
About Presidio Investors
Presidio Investors was founded in 2007 to pursue exceptional middle market private equity investments. The firm’s experienced investment professionals specialize in growth-oriented buyouts in the Technology-Enabled Services and Financial Services industries. The entire Presidio Investors team also has substantial operating experience, and works side-by-side with management teams to help achieve the best possible outcome for all stakeholders. For more information, visit: www.presidioinvestors.com.
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