Robert Keppler has joined Saints Capital as chief financial officer. He has spent the past decade as CFO for Centennial Ventures and, before that, spent 18 years in various executive positions with Total Petroleum Ltd.
Saints Capital (www.saintsvc.com), a leading secondary direct investment firm, today announced that it has named Robert Keppler as chief financial officer. Keppler's seasoned experience will lend itself to taking a strategic role amongst the firm's executive team and help to advance direct secondary activities within today's investment landscape. The Saints Capital team maintains a particular expertise in the rapid evaluation and structuring of complex secondary market transactions.
“Saints' specialized approach to the venture capital and private equity industries creates a unique environment for me to put my years of industry experience into practice in new ways,“ said Keppler. “As this direct secondary industry continues to evolve and mature, I look forward to helping promote awareness around the alternative liquidity opportunities available for investors and founders looking to monetize their investments.“
Before joining Saints in November, Keppler served for ten years as the chief financial officer of Centennial Ventures, a firm with over $500 million of capital under active management. Prior to Centennial, Keppler had an eighteen year tenure with Total Petroleum (
“We are very pleased to welcome Bob as our new CFO. His financial insights and domain expertise are in line with the energy and passion inherent to our team here at Saints,“ said Ken Sawyer, founder and managing partner of Saints Capital. “The addition of Bob's extensive background reflects our company's commitment to staying atop developing trends and liquidity opportunities, and will be an important next step in accelerating our momentum and capitalizing on our position as the leading secondary direct investment firm.“
Saints Capital focuses on secondary investments in, and the management of, portfolios of venture and private equity backed companies. These direct secondary activities assist sellers such as endowments, pension funds, founders, hedge funds, mutual funds, insurance companies, banks, and corporate sellers who are seeking to obtain immediate liquidity or to minimize future investment requirements in private equity. In adopting a management approach which is active and cooperative, Saints' investment process is designed to minimize the burden to the seller and the underlying portfolio companies. Saints remains committed to partnering with sellers to meet their objectives, while providing portfolio companies with the necessary follow-on capital and a stable, long-term committed investor base.
About Saints CapitalSaints Capital (www.saintsvc.com) is a leading secondary direct acquirer of venture capital and private equity positions in emerging growth companies around the globe. Headquartered in San Francisco, with investment professionals in Europe and in Asia, Saints currently manages nine funds invested in over 100 private companies in the technology, healthcare, consumer and industrial sectors. The firm is co-invested with over 100 different investors including many top tier venture capital and private equity funds.