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Guandolo Joins Clearsight Advisors

Gretchen Guandolo has joined Clearsight Advisors as a partner and MD. She will focus on IT services, software, public sector technology and SaaS businesses. Most recently, she was a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Public Sector Financial Services Group, where she led the firm’s Federal Transactions group.


Business Services and Technology investment bank, Clearsight Advisors, announced that Gretchen Guandolo has joined the team as a Partner and Managing Director.  Guandolo has 15 years of experience as an M&A advisor and consultant to IT and business services companies, in both the public and private sectors.  She will leverage her experience in IT Services, Software, Public Sector Technology and SaaS businesses to further the Clearsight franchise. Guandolo is a former colleague of Clearsight founders Joel Kallett and Greg Treger, having previously worked with them for close to a decade.

“We’re thrilled to bring Gretchen on board to reunite a team with a track record of significant success in M&A, capital raising and strategic advisory services,” said Clearsight Co-founder and Managing Director, Joel Kallett.  “Clearsight gains a seasoned expert and friend, and our clients will benefit from the team’s collective experience, relationships and expertise.”

Guandolo was most recently a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Public Sector Financial Services Group, where she led the firm’s Federal Transactions group.  She was instrumental in assisting the government through Securitization and Structured Transaction divestiture activity from assets acquired as a result of the global financial crisis.

Guandolo’s robust M&A advisory experience includes transactions with companies such as CA, EMC, SAP, CACI, and Northrop Grumman.  Previously, she held senior investment banking roles at KippsDeSanto and Agility Advisors, a firm she co-founded.  Guandolo also worked with Kallett and Treger at boutique technology M&A firm, Updata Capital, for seven years.  She began her career as a consultant in the Emerging Markets group at Arthur Andersen.

“Gretchen was a key part of our plans from the beginning,” added Greg Treger, Clearsight Co-founder and Managing Director.  “The commitment, integrity, track record, knowledge and team orientation that she brings to each client engagement represents the type of highly skilled senior investment banking talent we are bringing to bear on behalf of Clearsight’s clients.”

Guandolo said, “We are building the leading merchant bank in the DC-region focused on high growth technology companies. Our deep experience and franchise with both Commercial Technology and Public Sector Technology companies is a unique differentiator today that is in synch with where the market is headed.  I am very excited to work with this amazing team again, whose collaborative approach and insight enables our clients to realize their vision.”

About Clearsight Advisors

Clearsight Advisors is an independent merchant banking firm dedicated to providing world-class M&A and capital raising solutions exclusively to growth-oriented Business and Technology services companies. Clearsight combines deep market insights across software, services and data with vertical expertise in financial technology, public sector technology and education technology. This market knowledge combined with superior strategic and financial advice allows Clearsight to act as a catalyst, enabling entrepreneurs, private equity owners and board of directors to successfully advance their vision. The Clearsight team has executed M&A transactions ranging in size from $20 million to over $2 billion.

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