Harper and Sobol join Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Ryan Harper and Edward Sobol have been appointed vice presidents at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, the New York private equity firm. Harper was previously vice president at Summit Partners, while Sobol is a former vice president at Bain Capital. Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe focuses mainly on information/business and healthcare, manages $20 billion in capital, and has a current portfolio of over thirty companies.


Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (the “Firm”), one of the largest private equity investors in information/business services and healthcare, today announced that it has bolstered its investment team by adding two investment professionals. Ryan Harper, former Vice President at Summit Partners, and Edward Sobol, former Vice President at Bain Capital Partners, have been named Vice Presidents of the Firm.

“Ryan and Ed are seasoned investment professionals with outstanding skills, backgrounds, and experiences. We are excited about them joining Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe,” said Tony de Nicola, Co-President of the Firm. “Both will contribute significantly to our team as we continue to identify and act on new investment opportunities and maximize the value of our portfolio companies.”

Mr. Harper said, “I look forward to working at Welsh, Carson and pursuing attractive acquisitions in the information/business services and healthcare industries.”

Mr. Sobol commented, “Welsh, Carson is a premier private equity firm and I am excited to partner with their team of investment professionals.”

While at Summit Partners, Mr. Harper primarily focused on sourcing and evaluating health care services and technology growth equity investments. Prior to Summit, Mr. Harper served as an Associate at Diamond Castle Holdings. Mr. Harper graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Sobol worked at Bain Capital Partners for over five years, where he was responsible for evaluating and executing buyouts across a range of industries. He previously served as an Analyst at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Sobol graduated from Stanford University and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

About Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (“WCAS”) was formed in 1979 and has focused its investment activities in two industries, information/business services and healthcare.

CAS manages $20 billion in capital and has a current portfolio of over thirty companies. WCAS’s strategy is to buy growth businesses, partner with outstanding management teams and build value for its investors through a combination of operational improvements, internal initiatives and strategic acquisitions. See www.welshcarson.com to learn more.