Carrick Capital Partners LLC has promoted Paul Zolfaghari to managing director of operations and Chris Wenner to director. Prior to joining Carrick, Zolfaghari was president of MicroStrategy while Wenner worked at Perella Weinberg Partners.
San Francisco and Newport Beach, CA – January 3, 2018 – Carrick Capital Partners, LLC, an investment firm focused on technology-enabled businesses including SaaS, Software, BPO and Transaction Processing, today announced the promotion of two members of its executive team. Paul Zolfaghari’s promotion to Managing Director of Operations and Chris Wenner’s promotion to Director are a reflection of their superior contributions to the firm, which have driven continued growth and value for Carrick’s portfolio companies.
“Paul and Chris are incredibly valuable members of our team. Paul has been an outstanding addition since he joined a year ago and Chris, who is receiving his third promotion during his tenure with Carrick, consistently exceeds the high expectations he sets for himself. Much of our success is due to their exceptional expertise and dedication,” explained Carrick Capital Partners Co-Founder and Managing Director Jim Madden.
“Paul’s decades of c-suite experience in the enterprise software industry have been extremely relevant and useful to our portfolio companies. His application of Carrick’s ABV (Approach to Building Value) has been consistently successful and will be critical to our firm and our portfolio companies as we continue to scale,” explained Carrick Capital Partners Co-Founder and Managing Director Marc McMorris. “Chris has been an integral part of the team since our inception. His sophisticated knowledge of healthcare, cyber security, and enterprise software are critical to our success. In this new role, he will take on even more thematic sourcing responsibilities,” McMorris added.
Formerly a Vice President at Carrick Capital Partners and a member of the founding team, Chris is involved in all areas of Carrick’s investing activities. He leads the firm’s thematic sourcing effort focusing on healthcare, cyber security, and enterprise software. Chris serves as a board observer at Instamed and Complia Health. Prior to joining Carrick, Chris worked at Perella Weinberg Partners, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and private capital transactions in the technology industry for clients including Oracle, Google and Hewlett-Packard. Chris graduated from the University of California with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Paul Zolfaghari formerly held the position of Operating Executive at Carrick Capital Partners. In that role he leveraged his extensive domain and operational experience in the enterprise software industry to help Carrick’s portfolio companies maximize their respective market opportunities. Working with the executives, Paul applies Carrick’s ABV as he guides and supports them through developing key strategic plans, implementing processes and programs to deliver on their goals, and adjusting operations as necessary for maximum value creation. Before joining Carrick, Mr. Zolfaghari was President of MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR), where he also held a series of senior positions earlier in his career, including as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Operations, accountable for all lines of the company’s nearly $500 million in revenue. Earlier in his career he was an attorney in Washington, DC with the law firm of Howrey & Simon, and the Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
About Carrick Capital Partners
Headquartered in San Francisco and Newport Beach, Carrick Capital Partners is a growth-oriented investment firm that utilizes ABV (Approach to Building Value) to operationally scale fast-growing, technology-enabled businesses. Carrick adds value by taking a concentrated approach and dedicating significant resources post-investment. Leveraging decades of experience, Carrick helps scale great companies that deliver excellent returns for investors, stimulating economic growth and positively impacting the industry landscape. Working directly with CEOs and entrepreneurs, Carrick fulfills a vital need for investment capital and growth expertise. For more information, please visit www.carrickcapitalpartners.com.