General Atlantic Team
Our global team is dedicated to helping our portfolio companies become market leaders domestically, regionally, and globally.
William E. Ford ×
Bill Ford is General Atlantic’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, with three decades of experience investing in and helping build leading growth companies, including IHS Markit, e*Trade, Priceline, and First Republic Bank. Bill joined General Atlantic in 1991 and became CEO in 2007. He serves as Chairman of the firm’s Management Committee and is a member of the Investment, Portfolio, and Operating Committees. Under Bill’s leadership, General Atlantic has expanded its global presence, increased its capital base, and deepened its capabilities to identify and partner with high-potential growth companies across multiple business sectors and geographies.
Vice Chairman New York
Ajay Banga ×
Ajay is Vice Chairman at General Atlantic. A global leader in technology, data, financial services and innovating for inclusion, he spent 11 years as Mastercard’s President and Chief Executive Officer before becoming the company’s Executive Chairman. Over the course of his career, he has served as an advisor to governments, companies and organizations of all kinds, advocating for partnership and systems that deliver on profit and purpose.
Vice Chairman New York
David Hodgson ×
Dave Hodgson is Vice Chairman of General Atlantic and has been a member of the investment team for more than 30 years, with extensive experience across the firm’s sectors. After joining General Atlantic as its third investment professional in 1982, he helped build the firm with a singular vision of supporting entrepreneurs as they work to grow their businesses. From the outset, Dave’s mission has been to partner with strong growth companies led by exceptional management teams to help their organizations become market leaders.
Mary Armstrong ×
Mary Armstrong is the Global Head of Marketing & Communications at General Atlantic. She serves on the firm’s Operating Committee and helps direct the firm’s philanthropy and partnerships as a board member of the General Atlantic Foundation. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2018, Mary was the Director of Communications, Americas at Warburg Pincus, where she also served on the ESG Committee. Before that, she was a Director at Brunswick Group, a global communications advisory firm specializing in business critical issues, where she worked in the New York, Shanghai, and San Francisco offices. Mary is currently a participant in the Council on Foreign Relations Corporate Leaders Program, and was previously a David Rockefeller Fellow through the Partnership for New York City.
Global Head of Consumer New York
Andrew Crawford ×
Andrew Crawford is a Managing Director and Global Head of General Atlantic’s Consumer sector. Andy serves on the firm’s Management Committee and is Chairman of the Portfolio Committee. Before joining General Atlantic in 2014, he was a senior member of Advent International’s investment team where he focused on the Consumer sector.
Managing Director, Global Head of New Investment Sourcing & Co-Head of Emerging Growth New York
Alex Crisses ×
Associate General Counsel New York
Gordon Cruess ×
Gordon Cruess oversees and provides legal advice on portfolio investments and liquidity transactions globally as part of General Atlantic’s Legal and Compliance team. Before joining General Atlantic in 2015, Gordon was a Corporate Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that, Gordon was a Corporate Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
Global Head of Technology Buyouts New York
Jonathan Durham ×
Jonathan Durham (“JD”) is a Managing Director and Global Head of Technology Buyouts at General Atlantic, overseeing the firm’s continued expansion into corporate buyouts in the technology sector and tech-enabled business models globally. Prior to General Atlantic, JD spent more than 16 years at Silver Lake, where he worked on significant capital commitments in areas including software, financial technology, digital marketing and education technology.
Head of Latin America New York, São Paulo
Martín Escobari ×
Martín Escobari is Co-President, Managing Director and Head of General Atlantic’s business in Latin America. Martín is Chairman of the firm’s Investment Committee and also serves on the Management and Portfolio Committees.
Before joining General Atlantic in 2012, Martín was a Managing Director at Advent International where he focused on the financial services sector. Prior to that, he was Co-Founder and CFO of Submarino.com, a leading Brazilian online retailer that went public on the Bovespa and was sold to Lojas Americanas in 2006. Martin started his career as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.
Head of Enterprise Technology New York
Aaron Goldman ×
Aaron Goldman is a Managing Director and Head of General Atlantic’s Enterprise Technology sector, where he leads the firms efforts around enterprise and vertical software and innovative technologies. Prior to his current role, Aaron Co-Headed Financial Services where he focused on Fintech and Payments. In addition to the companies listed below Aaron has been involved in our investments in Clip, d:local, Fireblocks, Mollie, Outsystems, NYDIG, PingPong, Riskified, Spendesk, Strike and Visma. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2007, Aaron was part of the growth equity arm of the Fremont Group in San Francisco where he made several investments in the Internet, communications and healthcare sectors. While at the Fremont Group, he served as President and Chief Financial Officer of LPL Technologies, a growth stage company focused on the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Prior to that, Aaron was an Analyst in Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette’s Leveraged Finance group.
Michael Gosk ×
Michael Gosk is a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at General Atlantic, with principal responsibility for the firm’s finance, accounting, and investor reporting operations. He also serves on the firm’s Operating Committee and oversees the firm’s global IT function. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2019, Michael spent over a decade with General Electric in a series of financial leadership roles, most recently serving as Vice President and Chief Tax Officer. Before his time at GE, Michael was a partner at global law firm McDermott Will & Emery and a partner at KPMG.
Head of Capital Markets New York
Justin Kotzin ×
Chris Lanning ×
Chris Lanning is a Managing Director and the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at General Atlantic. He also serves on the firm’s Operating Committee. He manages General Atlantic’s global legal operations, which includes oversight of investments and dispositions, capital partnering, tax planning, risk management, and compliance. Before joining General Atlantic in 2000, Chris was a corporate lawyer associated with Hunton & Williams and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Chris serves on the board of several non-profit organizations including the TEAK Fellowship.
Chairman of Global Technology Group New York
Anton Levy ×
Anton Levy is Co-President, Managing Director and Chairman of General Atlantic’s Global Technology Group. Anton also serves on the firm’s Management, Investment and Portfolio Committees. In addition to the companies mentioned below, Anton has led General Atlantic’s investments in leading technology companies such as Alibaba, CrowdStrike, Facebook, Slack and Snapchat and co-led investments in Adyen and Bytedance. Anton has been named to the Forbes Midas List of top investors each year from 2014 to 2022. Before joining General Atlantic in 1998, Anton was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where he focused on the technology sector.
Annie Paydar ×
Annie Paydar is the Global Head of Human Capital at General Atlantic and leads the firm’s human capital and talent development initiatives. She also serves on the firm’s Operating Committee. Before joining General Atlantic in 2018, Annie spent 14 years at The Carlyle Group where she held several Human Resources leadership roles in North America and EMEA. Prior to that, Annie served on the Human Resources team at The Blackstone Group.
Kelly Pettit ×
Kelly Pettit is based in New York and leads the investments funds practice, oversees the global regulatory compliance program and assists with general corporate matters as part of the Legal & Compliance team. She also serves on the firm’s Operating Committee. Before joining General Atlantic in 2010, Ms. Pettit was an Associate at the New York law firm Hutner Klarish LLP. She earned a B.A. in Political Psychology from Lafayette College and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.