Tom Smach

Tom Smach is a Co-founding Partner and Managing Partner of Riverwood Capital. Prior to joining Riverwood, Tom was the Chief Financial Officer of Flextronics, one of the largest multinational technology companies.

He has overseen the acquisition of more than 100 companies for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $15 billion, the sale of companies for an aggregate sales price of over $5 billion and the raising of over $15 billion in the debt and equity capital markets.

As a proven CFO, he understands the importance of not only protecting the financial health and assets of a company by implementing strategies to cut costs and reduce risk, but also providing the resources needed to execute a company’s long-term strategy.

Tom received B.Sc. in Accounting from State University of New York at Binghamton. In addition to serving on the board of various private companies around the world, Tom has also served on various public company boards and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq:CROX).

Francisco Alvarez-Demalde

Francisco Alvarez-Demalde is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Riverwood Capital Partners and heads Riverwood’s New York office and its Latin America efforts.

Riverwood manages +$3 billion and makes private equity investments in high-growth businesses, primarily in global technology, technology-enabled and related growth industries. Prior to establishing Riverwood, Mr. Alvarez-Demalde was an investment executive at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Eton Park, where he focused on private equity investments in the technology industry and other sectors. Previously, he was with Goldman Sachs & Co. Mr. Alvarez-Demalde has invested and been actively involved in the development, operations, and growth of several successful businesses across North America, Latin America and other geographies.

Mr. Alvarez-Demalde earned a Licentiate (Honors) in Economics from San Andres University, Argentina (including an exchange program at the Wharton School).

He is a Director of Billtrust, Globant (NYSE: GLOB), Greenhouse, Industrious, and VTEX, and an Investor, Board Advisor, and/or former Director of several other companies, including 99, Alog Data Centers do Brasil, Conductor, CloudBlue, Insider, LAVCA, Mandic, MotionPoint, Navent, Nubox, Pixeon, RD Station, SecurityScorecard, Technisys, among others. He is also active in non-profit initiatives related to education.

Jeff Parks

Jeff Parks is a Co-founding Partner and Managing Partner of Riverwood Capital. Riverwood manages +$3 billion in capital commitments, and makes private equity investments in high-growth businesses, primarily in the global technology, technology-enabled and related growth industries. 

Prior to establishing Riverwood, Jeff was an executive at KKR, where he focused on large scale leveraged buyout investments in the technology sector, and an investment professional in the Principal Opportunities Fund at Oaktree Capital Management, where he specialized in private equity investment in distressed companies.

Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker at UBS Investment Bank in Los Angeles. Jeff has extensive experience investing in and scaling global technology companies. During his extensive investing career, Jeff has invested in a vast array of companies and completed dozens of transactions. In addition, he has worked closely with several successful entrepreneurs in the scaling of their companies, bringing both capital and expertise to those initiatives. 

Jeff earned a Dual BA in Economics and Mathematics from Pomona College (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Claremont, California. He is or has been a director of Accellion, Druva, ForgeRock, LogRhythm, Nutanix (NASD: NTNX), SintecMedia (Chairman), Spredfast, Ticketfly, UGSI, Vacasa and Virtual Instruments. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Pomona College.