GI Partners Names Former Lee Equity Partners Exec Yaffe as Operating Principal

Mar 1 2016 | 8:03pm ET

Middle-market alternative investment specialist GI Partners has named Achi Yaffe as its first operating principal.  

Yaffe will lead the firm’s value creation capabilities with the strategic objective of significantly increasing the firm’s support of portfolio companies, according to the company. He joins GI’s team of 23 private equity investment professionals and will be based in the company's headquarters in San Francisco. 

Prior to joining GI Partners, he served as a principal for Lee Equity Partners, helping portfolio companies develop business plans and execute strategic initiatives. Beforehand, he worked for McKinsey & Company advising management teams of Fortune 500 and private equity-backed companies, and he led the financial services business unit at eTelecare, now part of Convegys. 

“Achi is a strategy and operations leader with private equity, line operating, and consulting experience,” said Rick Magnuson, founder and executive managing director of GI Partners, in a statement. “His expertise is vast and includes M&A execution, merger integration, 100-day planning, sales growth, and talent development. He is a great addition to our partnership, and we welcome him to our team.”  

Founded in 2001, GI Partners currently manages over $12 billion in capital commitments through private equity and real estate strategies for recognized institutional investors across the globe. The company’s private equity team is active in technology, media & telecommunications, healthcare, retail & leisure, and business & financial services. 

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