FTV Capital hires Walker as chief talent officer

FTV Capital has named Allison Walker as its first chief talent officer. Previously, she worked at TCV.


New York, NY and San Francisco, CA – September 17, 2019 — FTV Capital, a sector-focused growth equity investment firm, today announced that Allison Walker will join the firm as its first chief talent officer. Based in New York, Ms. Walker will lead the firm’s recruitment, development and human resource activities, reporting to managing partner Brad Bernstein. As part of FTV’s resource program designed to deliver valuable expertise to help drive growth, Ms. Walker will provide comprehensive talent advisory services to the firm’s portfolio companies.

Ms. Walker joins FTV Capital from TCV (formerly known as Technology Crossover Ventures), where she was responsible for all human capital management initiatives. At FTV Capital, Ms. Walker will lead efforts to develop effective organizational structures designed to maximize current and future business objectives, alignment of new functions, candidate profiles, assessment and engagement strategies, incentive schemes, onboarding, integration, and performance development programs, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives for the firm and its portfolio companies.

“Ali brings an expansive resume of executive leadership and proven results in talent management. Her expertise will help to guide FTV’s expansion as we enter our third decade of growth equity investing,” said FTV Capital managing partner Brad Bernstein. “This new role reinforces our commitment to our most valuable asset – our people. Identifying, attracting and developing exceptionally talented individuals for our firm, as well as assisting our portfolio companies in finding high-caliber operating executives to build out their ranks is a top priority.”

“I am thrilled to be joining FTV Capital, a firm with an exceptional team culture, truly differentiated growth equity platform, and proven track record of success,” said Ms. Walker. “I look forward to leveraging my skills to help attract, retain and develop top talent and contribute to overall organizational effectiveness, for both FTV and its portfolio companies, in this highly competitive market. I am impressed by FTV’s institutionalized commitment to supporting its portfolio companies with dedicated resources, expertise and commercial introductions to the executives in its Global Partner Network®. The Global Partner Network has also been a strong source of high-quality executives and independent board members for FTV’s portfolio companies, and I will work to further institutionalize and expand the talent network program.”

Prior to TCV, Ms. Walker was a senior client partner at Korn/Ferry International, a leading global organizational consulting firm, where she was focused on clients within alternatives, fintech and hedge funds, for which she was the global head. In these roles, Ms. Walker advised growth and later stage technology companies, as well as hedge fund and private equity firms on driving performance through talent and organizational strategies. She contributed to multiple high-impact organizational expansion, succession, restructuring, topgrading and coaching initiatives for global and regional exchanges, growth stage fintech companies and multi-strategy investment firms around the world.

Prior to Korn/Ferry, Ms. Walker held executive level positions at various alternative investment firms including Arden Asset Management, a hedge fund of funds, since acquired by Aberdeen Asset Management, Och-Ziff Capital Management, and Citadel Investment Group, as well as global executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. Ms. Walker began her career with the California District Attorneys Association, becoming head of training and development, and then moved to Heidrick & Struggles, where she held a series of roles culminating in partner for the financial services practice. Ms. Walker holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

About FTV Capital
FTV Capital is a growth equity investment firm that has raised over $2.7 billion to invest in high-growth companies offering a range of innovative solutions in three sectors: enterprise technology & services, financial services and payments & transaction processing. FTV’s experienced team leverages its domain expertise and proven track record in each of these sectors to help motivated management teams accelerate growth. FTV also provides companies with access to its Global Partner Network®, a group of the world’s leading enterprises and executives who have helped FTV portfolio companies for two decades. Founded in 1998, FTV Capital has invested in over 100 portfolio companies. Notable exits include: CardConnect (acquired by First Data in 2017), CashStar (acquired by Blackhawk Network in 2017), Financial Engines (IPO in 2010), Globant (IPO in 2014), MarketShare (acquired by Neustar in 2015), MedSynergies (acquired by Optum/UnitedHealthcare in 2014), Mu Sigma (sold to shareholders 2012), PowerShares (acquired by Invesco in 2006), Trustwave (acquired by Singapore Telecom in 2015), WePay (acquired by JP Morgan Chase in 2017) and WorldFirst (acquired by Ant Financial in 2019). FTV has offices in San Francisco and New York. For more information, visit www.ftvcapital.com.