Ex-Defense Intelligence Agency Director joins Pine Island as partner

Pine Island Capital Partners has named Vince Stewart as a partner.

Pine Island Capital Partners has named Vince Stewart as a partner. Stewart is a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Pine Island Capital Partners (“Pine Island”), a private investment firm that combines an experienced investment team with a group of accomplished former senior government, military officials, and business leaders, today announced that former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Vince Stewart, USMC (Ret.) has joined the firm as a partner, strengthening the firm’s focus in the areas of innovation and cybersecurity. Stewart is the fourth partner to join the firm this year.

Stewart served as the 20th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2015 to 2017, the first Marine Corps officer to hold the position, and as Deputy Commander of United States Cyber Command from 2017 to 2019. Since retiring in 2019 after nearly four decades of military service, he has led his own consulting firm and currently serves as Chief Innovation and Business Intelligence Officer at Ankura.

“Having served in senior roles vital to national defense and focused on intelligence and cybersecurity, Vince has developed an unrivaled understanding of emerging threats to both the public and private sector, as well as insight into the technologies and policies necessary to address them,” said John Thain, Pine Island’s Chairman. “I’m pleased to welcome Vince to the firm and look forward to working with him as we identify opportunities to invest in and partner with companies making advances in these important areas.”

“The Pine Island partners are uniquely equipped to assess companies operating in the cybersecurity and intelligence sectors and identify those best-positioned to address these challenges,” said Stewart. “It’s a pleasure to join with so many impressive colleagues to advance the firm’s unique approach to investing.”

During his time leading the Defense Intelligence Agency, Stewart oversaw a global organization of more than 16,000 people operating in over 100 countries, providing intelligence assessments directly to the President of the United States and Congress, and serving as chief military intelligence advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Deputy Director of United States Cyber Command, he again had responsibility for a workforce of more than 10,000 tasked with securing the Department of Defense’s Information Network, which encompasses three million users in 140 countries, 15,000 distinct networks, and six thousand physical locations. Before his assignments at the Department of Defense, Stewart served successively as Director of Intelligence for the Marine Corps and Commanding General, Marine Forces Cyberspace Command.
Stewart holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Western Illinois University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.

About Pine Island Capital Partners (pineislandcp.com)
Pine Island Capital Partners is a private investment firm that combines an experienced investment team with a group of accomplished former senior government, military officials, and business leaders. Each team member actively participates in sourcing deals, conducting analyses, winning bids, closing transactions, and directly advising the companies in which Pine Island invests. The firm believes the extensive leadership, investing, and industry expertise of its partners enables it to employ a differentiated approach to middle-market investing. In addition to the firm’s traditional private equity work, it launched Pine Island Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in late 2020.