Advent International Appoints Fintech Executive Kahina Van Dyke as Operating Partner
Advent International, a leading global private equity investor, has announced the appointment of Kahina Van Dyke as an Operating Partner, reinforcing its fintech practice. Van Dyke, a seasoned leader with over three decades of experience in banking, payments, and technology, will collaborate with Advent’s Technology and Business & Financial Services teams to identify new opportunities and support the management teams of relevant portfolio companies.
Eric Noeth, Managing Director at Advent, expressed excitement about Van Dyke joining the team, highlighting her extensive experience and global perspective in fintech. He emphasized the firm’s commitment to investing in disruptive technologies that can transform the industry.
Prior to joining Advent, Van Dyke held key positions at prominent financial institutions and technology companies. She served as the Global Head of Digital Channels & Data Analytics at Standard Chartered Bank, where she led the vision to establish the bank as a leading digital banking platform. Van Dyke also played a pivotal role at Ripple, a blockchain-based payments company, leading the Corporate and Business Development teams and facilitating strategic partnerships. Her contributions included a significant equity investment in MoneyGram and the development of a commercial partnership to leverage blockchain technology for cross-border payments. Additionally, Van Dyke held leadership positions at Meta (formerly known as Facebook), Mastercard, and Citibank, where she spearheaded the launch of innovative payment solutions.
Van Dyke expressed enthusiasm about collaborating with Advent and supporting their investment efforts. She emphasized Advent’s expertise in fintech investing and its ability to help scale companies. Van Dyke looks forward to working closely with portfolio company management teams to strategize, identify growth opportunities, and drive implementation.
Jeff Paduch, Managing Partner at Advent, expressed gratitude for having Van Dyke on board, highlighting her industry expertise, track record in digitizing finance, and leadership skills. He praised her strategic thinking and people-focused approach, which has made a significant impact across multiple sectors. Paduch emphasized Advent’s commitment to investing in and supporting the next wave of innovative fintech leaders.
Van Dyke’s accomplishments within the fintech industry have earned her recognition as a thought leader. She has been named among the Top 25 Women Leaders in Fintech by The Financial Technology Report and has received accolades such as Top Women in Banking by FintechFutures and a place on the inaugural list of Top 100 African Americans/Blacks with storied successes by The Board IQ. Van Dyke currently serves on the Board of Directors at The Progressive Corporation.
Advent International has a long-standing presence in the fintech space, with notable investments in companies such as Vantiv, Worldpay, TransUnion, XPLOR, Conservice, CCC Intelligent Solutions, Planet, and Nexi.
Founded in 1984, Advent International is a globally recognized private equity investor with a strong track record. With offices in 12 countries and a team of over 290 investment professionals, Advent has invested in over 410 private equity investments across 42 countries. The firm focuses on five core sectors, including business and financial services, healthcare, industrial, retail, consumer and leisure, and technology. Advent remains committed to partnering with management teams to drive sustained revenue and earnings growth for its portfolio companies.
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