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 Normec, 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.