Revolution Growth has named four new vice presidents, hiring three new executives and promoting Meredith Balenske to vice president of communications. The firm hired Kristin Gunther, formerly a vice president at Perseus; Ashley Larson, a former senior associate at ABS Capital Partners; and Chris Hughes, former project leader at Boston Consulting Group.
Today, Revolution Growth, the D.C.-based VC firm co-founded by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis and Donn Davis, announced that it is welcoming four new vice presidents, including the addition of finance and private equity industry veterans Kristin Gunther, Ashley Larson and Chris Hughes. In addition, Meredith Balenske has been promoted to vice president of communications.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Kristin, Ashley and Chris to the Revolution Growth team,” said Davis, co-founder and partner at Revolution Growth. “With more than two decades of combined experience in private equity, finance and operations, they each bring a proven track record that will be invaluable as we work to maximize the success of our portfolio and look for new opportunities to invest in companies that are poised for significant scale.”
“In addition, Meredith has been a critical member of the Revolution Growth team, playing a key role as we grow the profiles of our organization and the companies in which we invest,” added Davis. “We congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion.”
Kristin Gunther joins the firm from Perseus LLC, most recently as vice president, where she focused on working with the portfolio companies and their management teams on growth strategies, operating finance matters, and exit planning. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at Rothschild Inc. in New York City and then worked as a research associate at CRT Capital Group in Stamford, CT. Kristin received a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University, and earned her MBA from University of Virginia Darden School of Business where she was a Jefferson Scholar.
Ashley Larson joins Revolution Growth from ABS Capital Partners where she was a senior associate. Earlier in her career, Ashley was an associate at Egis Capital Partners; led new business and incubation at Red Ventures, a global online marketing services firm; and served as an investment banking analyst at Wachovia Securities. Ashley earned an MBA at Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics & English from Wake Forest University.
Chris Hughes joins the firm from the Boston Consulting Group where he was a project leader in the Consumer and Retail practice. His client work focused on a variety of topics including growth strategy, M&A advisory, and sales and marketing effectiveness. He began his career as an analyst in the Equity Capital Markets division of Lazard Freres & Co in New York City. Chris received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and also studied at University College in London.
Meredith Balenske joined Revolution in 2014 as director of communications. Prior to joining Revolution, Meredith was a vice president at Fleishman Hillard in its Corporate Communications and Technology practices, and the deputy director of communications at Bloomberg LP in Washington, D.C.
Gunther and Larson will join the firm effective November 30, 2015 and Hughes will join on January 11, 2016. All are based in Revolution Growth’s Washington, D.C. offices.
About Revolution Growth
Founded and led by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, and Donn Davis, Revolution Growth invests in companies that can change the world. Its mission is to build disruptive, innovative businesses that offer consumers more choice, convenience and control in their lives. By taking a long-term approach and developing a true, hands-on partnership with entrepreneurs and management teams, Revolution Growth brings a unique strategy and passion to investing in and building significant companies. For more information, visit www.revolution.com/growth.