One Global Team
Virtually every investment firm will attest that its people are its greatest asset.
At Northgate, each of our partners has an equal voice in our investment focus and approach. For most firms, that equanimity is rarely achieved. From the start, we've promoted a culture where smart, opportunistic thinking, thorough due diligence and sound perspectives are valued. We believe every team member is a factor in the firm's success—and in the returns we deliver to our limited partners.
Working from our offices in Northern California, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong and Mexico City and Rep Offices in Tel Aviv and Melbourne, our teams bring more than 100 years of investment experience and relationships to every investment decision we make. Our team's experience within private equity and venture capital includes tenure at Bain Capital, Horsley Bridge Partners, McKinsey & Co, McKinsey Investment Office (MIO) and more.
Brent Jones | Managing Director
Brent has served as a Managing Director of Northgate since co-founding the firm in 2000. He has been an investor in Silicon Valley's premier venture capital funds as well as an angel investor in several silicon valley start-ups including Data Domain, Nvidia, VA Linux, Palo Alto Networks, Admob, Clearwell, Meraki, and Rocketfuel.
Brent's current activities include overseeing investments in, Aoptix, Drawbridge, OpenDNS, and Mobile Iron among others. Brent currently serves on the board of directors for Zazzle, a Kleiner Perkins-backed portfolio company. Brent also serves as an advisory board member to US Venture Partners.
Brent played 12 years in the National Football League, including 11 with the San Francisco Forty-Niners where he was a four-time All-Pro performer and three-time Super Bowl champion. He was honored as the NFL's Bart Starr Award recipient in 1998 for outstanding character in the home, on the field, and in the community. He has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for both Division I and Division II.
Brent earned his BS in Economics from the University of Santa Clara.
Alnoor Ramji | Managing Director
Mr. Ramji joined Northgate as a Managing Director, focused on Technology, in 2014. Alnoor has an operational background in the Telecom, Banking and Technology sectors and prior to Northgate was the EVP/GM of Misys Banking. Alnoor served in various roles at British Telecom, most recently as CEO of BT Innovate and Design and CIO and CTO of BT Group plc. Prior to BT, Alnoor was the EVP/CIO and Chief E-commerce Officer for Qwest Communications. He has also served as COO and CIO at UBS (then called SBC), CIO of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and as global head of operations at Credit Suisse First Boston. Alnoor has served as a non-executive director on the boards of Misys PLC, Tech Mahindra, iSoftStone and the HP Advisory Board. He is currently Chairman of Pesapal (Africa) and an advisory board member of Apigee.
Alnoor is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a BSc in Electronics from the University of London. He is a multi-year winner of the CIO 100 Award, CIO Insight IT Leader of the Year 2009 and the British Computer Society CIO of the Year.
Thomas Vardell | Managing Director
Tommy co-founded Northgate and has served as Managing Director since its inception. At Northgate, Mr. Vardell is involved in the management of all aspects of the firm, including investment identification and selection, portfolio management, reporting and compliance, and client relations. Mr. Vardell focuses on venture capital and oversees a series of Northgate's direct investments.
Prior to the formation of Northgate, he was an independent investor in top-tier venture funds and an angel investor in a number of silicon-valley start-ups. Prior to starting Northgate, Mr. Vardell played fullback eight years in the National Football League.
Tommy earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. At Stanford, he was an Academic All-American and was honored as the top male scholar-athlete in the nation (GTE Academic All-American of the Year). He was a 2009 inductee into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame, and he currently serves as a panelist for the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, which ranks the nation's top-25 college football teams for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).
Dr. Hosein Khajeh-Hosseiny | Managing Director
Head of Global Private Equity Investments
Hosein serves as the Managing Partner of the firm. He joined the firm in 2004 and brings more than 20 years of finance and investing to the firm as well as 16 years of engineering portfolio company growth & transformation skills. He serves on the Advisory boards of several firms based in the United States, Europe, India and China. In addition to his role at Northgate, he currently serves as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, the world's leading management consulting firm, on innovation, growth and venture capital and private equity investing.
Prior to Northgate, Hosein served as Head of Global Private Equity Investments (incl. venture capital) at the McKinsey Investment Office (MIO), a wholly owned subsidiary of McKinsey & Company. Before MIO, Hosein was a senior management consultant with the Private Equity and Asset Management Practices at McKinsey & Company. In this role, he was responsible for advising top global and European investment firms and government agencies about their respective private and public market investment strategies and capabilities. He also guided the leaders of top global investment firms about capability development, acquisitions, alliances, and restructurings.
Hosein holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Econometrics from the University of Cambridge, England, held an honorary research position there for two years and is a regular speaker at the university. He also holds a Masters in Finance and a Bachelors in Economics.
Alfredo Alfaro | Managing Director, Northgate Mexico
Alfredo joins Northgate in 2013 to head the firm's operations in Mexico and to support the potential expansion of Northgate in Latin America.
He has a broad experience in private equity in the Mexican market that accrues for more than 25 years as an investment professional. Prior to Northgate, he was a Managing Partner for Advent International leading its operations in Mexico from 1996 to 2012. Additionally, he was a member of the Investment Committee for Advent International in Latin America during that period. Previously, he was a senior officer of Grupo Probursa and of Procorp, the private equity arm of the financial group, which he co-managed for 8 years.
During his career, he has lead and co-lead more than 30 equity investments in a broad range of small and medium size companies in the country, in different sectors such as financial, retail, IT and business services, and served as a Board member in a large variety of portfolio companies.
Alfredo received a BS in Business Administration from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and an MBA from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico. He also completed a business program at the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion de Empresas.
Moez R. Virani | Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer
Mo has served as the CFO and COO of the firm since June 2011. He is responsible for all the finance and administrative functions of Northgate. He also provides close support for the investor relations and investment management activities of the firm.
Mo joined Northgate after 12 years at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), where he worked as the administrative general partner responsible for all company operations and limited partner relations.
From 1995 to 1999, Mo was with Softbank Corp/Ziff Davis, where he most recently was CFO of ZD Events Inc., the division of Ziff Davis responsible for 40% of the company's profits. From 1984 to 1995, Mo worked at Sun Microsystems where he held director level finance positions, both in the US and overseas, supporting Sun's rapidly growing domestic and international sales and marketing operations. Before Sun, he spent four years with Hewlett-Packard, working in the U.S. and Canadian headquarters operations.
Mo earned his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He holds a BS degree (with honors) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester (U.K.).
Our professionals have deep experience and expertise within the venture capital and private equity arena—as well as in broader alternative asset investment areas. Together, the team has developed and follows a rigorous and robust approach to finding, analyzing and managing investment decisions on behalf of Northgate clients.
- Stephanie Amaral
- Jenna Anderson
- Teresa Cabreros
- Guillermo Carmona
- Rebeca Cervantes
- Allan Chou
- Carol Christensen
- Nicole Connolly (Australia Rep)
- Charley Dean
- Linda DeVecchi
- Christina Flamer
- Joaquim Gimenes
- Gemma Johnson
- Eduardo Llorente
- Jeff Lumbard
- Eduardo Mapes
- Tomas Diaz Mathe
- Alejandro Medina Ibanez
- Said Mena
- Georg Mende
- Natalia Mizin
- Gabriel Mizrahi
- Sara Myatt
- Erin Odisio
- Carol Pulford
- Katherine Rodota
- Jean Acuna Ruiz
- Camille Schroeder
- Cheri Shen
- Gabrielle Sirois
- Tyson Smith
- Dominic Tarabochia
- Jana Vaze
- Ian Walker
- Liz Windust
- Ni Yan
- Shinta Yulia