Christian R. StrainManaging Director
Christian joined Summit Partners in 2005 and focuses primarily on the growth products & services sector. He is a dual French and U.S. citizen, and is bilingual in French and English.
Christian's board and investment experience includes Ogone (acquired by Ingenico), Peak Well Systems (acquired by Schlumberger), Sipartech, vente-privee.com and Westwing Group.
Prior to Summit, Christian worked for Apax Partners in Paris where he was a member of the Technology and Telecommunications team. He holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and remains active with Yale and Harvard Business School related activities.
Christian is a board member of Invest Europe, formerly known as the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA). He is also the Treasurer of Invest Europe, a member of the Mid-Market Council, and the Chairman of Invest Europe's Growth Equity Group.