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Ailene Holderness



Ailene Holderness is a Principal in the Internet/Consumer team. She joined Apax in 2023 and is currently based in New York.

Prior to joining Apax, Ailene was the Head of M&A at IAC (Nasdaq: IAC), a consumer technology holding company. Previously, she worked at Pegasus Capital Advisors, Marron Capital, and Kohlberg & Company. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at Citi in the Global Consumer & Retail Group in New York.

Ailene holds a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a BA in English from the University of Michigan.

Living our values

“As a child, I saw my parents successfully balance their careers and raising my brother and me in two foreign countries. They persisted through uncertainty and setbacks, took calculated risks, and made compromises to achieve shared goals. Now as a working parent of two young children, their example continues to drive me through the challenges of building a family and career in lockstep. That’s why the Apax value of having impact through insight and tenacity resonates most with me.”


New York

Ailene's Story

Ailene has partnered with talented digital and consumer founders and management teams across all stages of growth. She is energized by the dynamic digital landscape and feels honored to work with leaders driving innovation within it. She was drawn to Apax’s people, who inspire her with their dedication to continuous learning and improvement. She strives to bring this ambition to the companies she partners with at Apax.