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Robert Smith

B.S.

Chief Executive Officer
Vista Equity Partners (San Francisco, CA)

Background

Mr. Robert F. Smith is Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer at Vista Equity Partners. Mr. Smith founded Vista Equity Partners in 2000. Mr. Smith has 14 distinguished years of business experience, primarily in investment banking and technical management positions. Prior to founding the firm, he worked at Goldman Sachs Investment Banking division from 1994 to 2000 as a Vice President and Co-Head of Enterprise Systems and Storage sector. Mr. Smith executed and advised on merger and acquisition activity across a broad range of technology segments, including semiconductors, contract manufacturing, data networking, computer systems, B2B and enterprise software, and Internet infrastructure. He served as a Co-Head of the Enterprise Systems and Storage sector for Goldman, Sachs & Co's investment banking division. While at Goldman, he executed and advised on merger and acquisition activity across a broad range of technology segments, including semiconductors, contract manufacturing, data networking, computer systems, B2B and enterprise software, and Internet infrastructure. He also served as the Business Unit Manager at Goldman’s Mergers and Acquisitions group, and was responsible for conflict clearance, team staffing, recruiting, marketing strategy, and fee schedule integrity. From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Smith worked at Kraft General Foods (KGF) in strategic planning and development. He served as a Technical Supervisor in the Food Service division at Kraft General Foods and was responsible for product, equipment, and process development. While at KGF, Mr. Smith also developed a proprietary processing technology, launched four product reformulations, integrated processing technology from a major European acquisition, and designed and implemented a distribution acquisition strategy. Prior to working for KGF, he was an Engineer at Air Products and Chemicals and also worked as an Engineer at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company from 1986 to 1987.

Education

Mr. Smith has an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Columbia Business School where he graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma honors and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.

Board Affiliations

Mr. Smith serves on the Boards of Waterfall Mobile, Inc., Accero, CRC Information Systems Inc, ADERANT, P2ES, BigMachines, Inc., CRAIG/is Ltd., Reynolds & Reynolds, Brainware, MDSI, Sunquest, SirsiDynix, Surgical Information Systems, Zywave, and Ventyx. He serves as a Director of MRI Software Limited, MRI Software LLC, and Blaze Mobile, Inc. Mr. Smith sits on or participates in the boards of all Vista portfolio companies and is actively involved in Vista’s direction, investment decisions, executive development and operational strategies Mr. Smith previously served on the Boards of Applied Systems, SER Solutions, SourceNet Solutions, DataCore Software Corp, and SRC Software.