Robert Wadsworth - harbourvest
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Robert Wadsworth

Senior Advisor


About Robert

Rob Wadsworth joined HarbourVest in 1986 and was a managing director of the Firm from 1988 through 2018. In January 2019, he became a Senior Advisor. Rob continues to provide input and counsel on direct co-investments globally and remains a director of several direct co-investments, including Earth Networks, Intelex Technologies, Healthgrades, and others. Throughout his career, Rob managed many of the Firm’s investment activities in the industrial, services, and information technology sectors. He also served in senior leadership positions including on HarbourVest’s Global Investment Committee and Executive Management Committee. Rob has been responsible for or associated with investments in over 300 of HarbourVest’s direct co-investments and has served as a director on over 50 of those companies including multiple public companies.

Rob’s prior experience includes strategy and operations consulting with Booz, Allen & Hamilton.

He received a BS (magna cum laude) in Systems Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Virginia in 1982 and an MBA (with distinction) from Harvard Business School in 1986. Rob serves as a Trustee of the University of Virginia School of Engineering & Applied Science and is a Trustee of Tenacity.

Continuation solutions encompass a host of transaction types in which a GP secures interim liquidity and/or additional primary capital for their LPs in a strongly performing asset, or set of assets, that the GP will continue to own and control. Specifically, they include continuation funds, new funds created by GPs for the purpose of acquiring the asset(s) that continue to be managed by the same GP and capitalized by one or several secondary buyers, or equity recapitalizations involving a direct equity or structured equity investment into a portfolio company. These transactions can also include a parallel investment from the GP’s latest fund into that same pool of assets (a “cross-fund trade”).