George Kadifa, Managing Director, Sumeru Equity Partners
George Kadifa is a managing director for Sumeru Equity Partners with three decades of expertise in the technology sector. Previously, he served as executive vice president, Strategic Relationships at HP.
He was responsible for leading growth initiatives and alliance programs with key partners, service providers and customers. Furthermore, he directed HP’s $4 billion software business which encompassed IT/Cloud Operations Management, Application Delivery Management, Enterprise Security and HP Big Data.
Early Life and Education
George Kadifa earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Caltech in 1982 and has since held executive leadership roles at numerous technology companies such as IBM, Corio Corporation (founder), Oracle and Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp.
He served as an Operating Partner at Silver Lake, a global technology investment firm. In this capacity he was accountable for driving growth and operational improvement across numerous enterprises within Silver Lake’s large-cap investment fund portfolio.
He is currently the managing director and co-founder of Sumeru Equity Partners, a technology private equity firm that invests in software. Prior to this he was an executive vice president/general manager at HP Software, member of Hewlett-Packard Company’s Executive Council, as well as an operating partner at Silver Lake Partners.
George Kadifa has been an executive in the technology industry for more than three decades. Currently, he serves as Managing Director at Sumeru Equity Partners, a private investment firm that specializes in software investments.
Kadifa has spearheaded numerous successful startups and billion-dollar technology firms throughout his career. He possesses expertise in sales, business development, consulting management and general management.
He was previously an operating partner at Silver Lake, a global technology investment firm with more than $26 billion of assets under management. His responsibilities included driving growth and operational improvement across various enterprises within the firm’s large-cap investment fund.
Kadifa was appointed Executive Vice President and Head of HP’s Software Business in June, joining the company’s executive council as well.
Achievements and Honors
George Kadifa has extensive leadership experience within the technology sector. His impressive list of clients include IBM, Corio Corporation (founder), Oracle, Booz-Allen & Hamilton and Xerox. His expertise lies in building and managing technology businesses.
He has also served as a management consultant with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, providing technology, strategy and business processes advice to senior executives of Fortune 500 companies. With a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, he holds two degrees:
He has served as Managing Director of Sumeru Equity Partners, overseeing the firm’s software investments. With three decades of expertise in technology, he sits on the firm’s Investment Committee.
George Kadifa is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Sumeru Equity Partners, a venture firm focused on software investments. With three decades of experience in the technology sector, George has held senior management positions at numerous billion-dollar companies.
He was the founder and CEO of Corio, a Kleiner Perkins-backed company which was sold to IBM in 2005. Additionally, he held leadership roles at Oracle, Booz Allen & Hamilton and Xerox.
Kadifa enjoys playing chess and taking walks on the beach with his wife Sally in his free time. Together they have five children, including James who is in an undergraduate program at Stanford University. Like many fathers with hectic Silicon Valley careers, he’s learned that finding balance is key for being a successful parent.
George Kadifa is a Managing Director at Sumeru Equity Partners with over three decades of operating experience in the technology sector. Prior to joining Sumeru, he served as an Operating Partner at Silver Lake, an international technology investment firm with over $26 billion of assets under management. At Silver Lake, George was responsible for driving growth and operational improvement across enterprises within their large cap investment fund. Earlier, George had held senior executive roles with IBM and Corio Corporation (founder), as well as consulting roles at Booz-Allen & Hamilton and served on their board members at Xerox.
He is a graduate of both American University in Beirut and California Institute of Technology. Married to Joy, he has two sons named James and Richard.