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. Francisco co-heads the Firm and has built the Riverwood Capital franchise and been involved in the scalability journey of several of Riverwood’s portfolio companies.

Prior to establishing Riverwood Capital, Francisco was an investment executive at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), where he focused on private equity investments in the technology industry and other sectors, and with Eton Park and Goldman Sachs & Co. 

During his career, Francisco has led investments in or been actively involved in the development, operations, and growth of several successful businesses across North America, Latin America, and other geographies. He earned a Licentiate (Honors) in Economics from San Andres University, Argentina including an exchange program at the Wharton School.

Francisco is a Director of Globant (NYSE: GLOB), GoIntegro, Greenhouse, Shiphero, and VTEX (NYSE: VTEX), and an investor, Board Advisor and/or former Director of several other companies, including 99, Alog Data Centers do Brasil, Billtrust (Nasdaq: BTRS), CloudBlue, Dock, Industrious, Insider, LAVCA, Mandic, MotionPoint, Navent, Nium, Pixeon, RD Station, Sensedia, SecurityScorecard, Suma, Technisys, among others. He is also active in non-profit initiatives related to education and a Global Ambassador for Endeavor.

Jeff Parks

Jeff Parks is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Riverwood Capital. Jeff co-heads the Firm and has been involved since inception in the development of the Riverwood Capital franchise and the scalability journey of several of Riverwood’s portfolio companies.

Prior to establishing Riverwood Capital, Jeff was an investment executive at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (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, Jeff was an investment banker at UBS Investment Bank in Los Angeles.

Jeff has extensive experience investing in global technology companies. During his career, Jeff has led investments in a vast array of companies and worked closely with several successful entrepreneurs in scaling globally, bringing both capital and expertise to those initiatives. He earned a Dual BA in Economics and Mathematics from Pomona College (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Claremont, California.

Jeff is a Director of Degreed, Druva, Files.com, ForgeRock, HG Insights, Sauce Labs, Sensor Tower, UGSI, and Vacasa (Chairman), and a Board Advisor, and/or former Director of several other companies including Accellion, Forecast5 (Chairman), LogRhythm, Nutanix (NASD: NTNX) SintecMedia (Chairman), Spredfast, Ticketfly, and Virtual Instruments. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Pomona College.