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Michael Fosnaugh

Senior Managing Director,
Co-Head of Flagship Fund

Vista Equity Partners, Chicago

Michael Fosnaugh, Senior Managing Director, President of Vista Credit Partners, Vista Equity Partners

Michael Fosnaugh joined Vista Equity Partners in 2005. Mr. Fosnaugh is Co-Head of the Flagship Fund and sits on its Investment Committee. Additionally, Mr. Fosnaugh serves as a member of Vista’s Executive Committee, the firm’s governing and decision-making body for matters affecting its overall management and strategic direction, and Vista’s Private Equity Management Committee, the firm’s decision-making body for matters affecting Vista’s overall private equity platform. Mr. Fosnaugh currently sits on the boards of Acquia, Alegeus, Applause, CentralSquare, EAB, Greenway Health, Integral Ad Science (NASDAQ: IAS), Jamf (NASDAQ: JAMF), KnowBe4 (formerly NASDAQ: KNBE), PlanSource, Securonix, SmartBear, Stats Perform and TripleLift. He was also formerly on the boards of or actively involved with the firm’s investments in Advicent, Forcepoint, Mediaocean, MRI Software, Numerator, Ping Identity (formerly NYSE: PING), SirsiDynix, Sunquest Information Systems, Vertafore, Websense and Zywave. Mr. Fosnaugh is the Co-Head of the Chicago office.

Mr. Fosnaugh is a thought leader within the investing and enterprise software communities, having been featured in PEI’s Investing in Technology report, where he was joined by Vista’s Founder, Chairman and CEO Robert Smith, along with Vista’s Co-Head of Flagship Fund and Senior Managing Director, Monti Saroya. Read their interview here.

Prior to joining Vista, Mr. Fosnaugh worked in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group at SG Cowen & Co., where he focused on the software, services and financial technology sectors. While at SG Cowen, Mr. Fosnaugh advised clients on buy-side and sell-side transactions, public and private equity financings, and other strategic advisory initiatives.


A.B. in Economics from Harvard College, cum laude