Our Team

Robert F. Smith - Chairman and CEO

Robert founded Vista Equity Partners in 2000 and is the firm's Chairman and CEO. Robert currently sits on or participates in the boards of all Vista portfolio companies. He is Chairman of the investment committee and is actively involved in Vista’s direction, investment decisions, executive development and operational strategies. 

Prior to founding Vista, Robert was the 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. Robert also served as the business unit manager for Goldman’s Mergers and Acquisitions group, and was responsible for conflict clearance, team staffing, recruiting, marketing strategy, and fee schedule integrity.

Before his time with Goldman, Robert worked in strategic planning and development at Kraft General Foods (KGF). He is the principal inventor on two United States and two European patents.  Robert holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. degree from Columbia University, where he graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma honors and earned numerous academic achievement awards. In addition to numerous academic and civic awards, Robert received the 2010 Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Education:

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Cornell University
M.B.A., Concentration in Finance and Marketing, Columbia Business School

Assistant:

Heather Reynolds
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