Texas investment firm Satori Capital has hired Willie Houston as chief financial officer. Previously, Houston worked at TPG where he served as senior director of financial operations.
DALLAS, Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Satori Capital, a Texas-based multi-strategy investment firm founded upon the principles of conscious capitalism, today announced that Willie Houston, who most recently served as senior director of financial operations at TPG, has joined the firm as chief financial officer. In this capacity, Mr. Houston assumes oversight of all financial and compliance aspects for Satori’s private equity business and for Satori Alpha, the firm’s alternative portfolio management platform.
“Along with his vast experience at TPG, one of the world’s leading diversified private investment firms, Willie brings keen judgment, operational experience, and deep financial acumen to Satori,” said Randy Eisenman, managing partner of Satori Capital. “He joins the firm at a time of impressive performance and increasing recognition that Satori’s focus on long-term value creation for all stakeholders represents a distinct competitive advantage. Willie shares our passion for this approach, and the fact that we were able to attract an executive of his caliber speaks volumes about Satori’s presence in the marketplace and potential.”
“I am delighted to join Satori,” added Mr. Houston. “Randy, Sunny (Vanderbeck), and their team have nurtured a culture and investing philosophy that resonates with investors, employees, and portfolio companies alike: a true spirit of partnership, transparency, and a sustainable approach to building value. I’m eager to contribute to all that my new colleagues have created, and I look forward to my future here with passion and commitment.”
At TPG, Mr. Houston led a global team of finance professionals that supported the firm through its rapid growth and evolution from a pure private equity investor to a diversified asset manager with businesses in credit, real estate, equity securities, and energy, among others. He also served as chief financial officer of TPG’s registered broker-dealer, which focuses on private placements and underwritings.
Prior to joining TPG, Mr. Houston was a member of Ernst & Young’s business advisory services team. Like many of his Satori colleagues, Willie has significant operational experience, including positions with BNSF Railway, Lockheed Martin, and AT&T earlier in his career. Mr. Houston earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor. He also holds a series 27 financial and operations principal license.
About Satori Capital
Satori Capital is a Texas-based multi-strategy investment firm founded upon the principles of conscious capitalism. Satori’s private equity business partners with management teams of companies with $5 million to $20 million of EBITDA and that operate with a long-term perspective, commit to their mission or purpose, and create value for all stakeholders. Satori Alpha creates and manages customized portfolios designed to meet the unique objectives of institutions, foundations, and family offices. These portfolios emphasize best-in-class alternative investment funds and focus on emerging investment managers committed to building sustainable enterprises. For additional information, please visit www.satoricapital.com.