Jim Sharpe Joins Aventri as CEO as Oni Chukwu moves to Executive Chairman Read More

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Jim Sharpe

Chief Executive Officer, Aventri

Jim Sharpe joined Aventri as CEO in January 2020 and is focused on leading the global Aventri team as it executes on its vision to help the world Connect Better. Throughout his career, Jim has led high-performing teams in private equity-backed tech-enabled businesses, investing in talent, service and product resulting in significant revenue growth.

Prior to Aventri, Jim was Managing Director and GM of Gerson Lehrman Group’s (GLG) largest and most profitable business unit, Financial Services. In this capacity he led several hundred professionals and achieved significant expansion of the userbase while growing revenues to over $200 million. His recent experience at GLG was his second six-year stint at the company, following a first term which saw him co-found and lead the firm’s Energy and Industrials practice. His combined tenure at GLG saw company revenues grow 100x.

In between his turns at GLG, Jim engaged in an entrepreneurial venture, partnering with a New York private equity firm to acquire, rebuild, and operate a manufacturing company in the water filtration space. Over a four-year period, Jim developed strategic manufacturing and distribution relationships throughout the industry, won significant market share through data-driven analysis of its market, and ultimately sold the business to a European chemical company.

Jim graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Commerce and East Asian languages. He resides in Westchester County, New York with his wife, son and Brittany Spaniel.

Oni Chukwu

Executive Chairman of the Board, Aventri

Oni Chukwu is a veteran technology executive and a tech-focused investor. From 2013 through January 2020, Oni was Chief Executive Officer of Aventri. As CEO, he led a comprehensive transformation, rebrand and emergence of the company as a foremost global leader in the enterprise Event Management Software industry with a focus on attaining a preeminent leadership market position for the company and accelerating global growth. Through best-of-breed product innovation, strong organic growth, a customer-first market approach, international expansion and a product-focused M&A strategy, Oni led a redefinition of this large, burgeoning market and built a formidable roster of marquee global customers and partners. The company attained consecutive INC 5000 honours throughout his tenure. He completed the acquisition of Aventri by HGGC in June 2017.
From 2006 through 2013, Oni was Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Triple Point Technology, the global leader for in-cloud Commodities Management Software. At Triple Point, Oni was instrumental in  implementing strategy and shepherding the company’s record industry-leading revenue and earnings growth over seven consecutive high-growth years. At Triple Point, Oni led and successfully integrated eight cross-border acquisitions and grew the company to 16 global offices, 450 marquee corporate customers on six continents, and led the company to seven consecutive INC 500/5000 Awards. In the summer of 2013 he spearheaded the successful sale of Triple Point to ION Group for ~$1Billion.
Prior to Triple Point, Oni served as Executive Vice President and CFO for Netkey Technology, Inc. (acquired by NEC) and Healthcare Software Synergies (acquired by United Healthcare).
Oni serves on the boards of Exago BI, Phlatbed, as well as the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC). He is a Board member and Trustee of The University of New Haven and
on the board of DOMUS (a not-for-profit entity in education for at-risk youth).
Through his family philanthropy, AfricaPlan Foundation, Oni and his family actively support women’s health and education issues and budding underprivileged enterpreneurs in Africa in the areas of leadership and entrepreneurship development. Oni holds an MBA and honorary Ph.D in Business Administration from the University of New Haven.

Peter Armstrong

Board Member

Active technology entrepreneur and investor, Peter Armstrong co-founded Triple Point Technology, a leading commodities management software business, in 1993 and was its chief executive officer until the sale of the company to the ION Group in 2013. Under Peter’s leadership, Triple Point launched a full suite of industry-leading and award-winning products and evolved into a global organization supporting the demanding needs of energy and commodity market participants in a wide range of industries. Independent validation of Peter’s leadership success included Triple Point being named a “Leader” in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Energy Trading and Risk Management in every year the study was published. In addition to serving as a director for Aventri, Peter sits on the board of directors/advisors for several software and technology-enabled services companies, including Hanweck Associates, Mediant Communications, Eka Software Solutions, and Qliktag Software.

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John Block

Partner, HGGC

John is a partner at HGGC, a leading private equity firm. He’s active in the firm’s Fund III investment in Mi9 and HelpSystems, the Fund II investments in Aventri, Davies Group, Integrity, FPX and Pearl, as well as the Fund I investment in Innovative and MyWebGrocer. He previously was involved with the firm’s exited investments in Citadel, Hollander and hybris.  Prior to his current role at the firm, John was an associate at HGGC. Previously, he was a senior associate consultant for Bain & Company, where he served private equity clients on due diligence projects and general practice clients spanning multiple industries on growth-oriented strategies. John is a graduate of the Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago.

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Farouk J. Hussein

Principal, HGGC

A principal at leading private equity firm HGGC, Farouk is active in the firm’s Fund III, Fund II (including Aventri) and Fund I investments. Prior to joining HGGC, Farouk was an associate at JMI Equity, where he was responsible for analyzing and executing transactions in the enterprise software realm, with a focus on software-as-a-service (SaaS) and vertical market software. Previously, he worked as an investment banking analyst in the technology group of Union Square Advisors. Farouk is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

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Richard F. Lawson

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, HGGC

As its chief executive officer and co-founder, Richard has directed leading private equity firm HGGC’s governance, investment strategy and investor relations since its inception. Over its history, HGGC has completed platform investments, add-on acquisitions, recapitalizations and liquidity events with an aggregate transaction value of $15 billion. Prior to leading HGGC, Richard established predecessor private equity funds Huntsman Gay Capital Partners in 2007, as well as Sorenson Capital in 2002. Richard also worked at Morgan Stanley in its mergers and acquisitions department and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of enterprise software company Found, Inc. He also serves on the board on several philanthropic and cultural institutions including the Capital Impact Foundation, San Francisco Zoo, Wasatch Adaptive Sports and the Forever Young Foundation.

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Benjamin Levin

Founder and Partner, Level Equity

Benjamin Levin is a partner and founder at Level Equity. He has been an investor in growing media, software and services companies since 1997. Prior to founding Level Equity he was a Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners; previous professional experience includes Mentmore Holdings and Salomon Brothers, and he is a graduate of Harvard College.

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