Irene Zou

Vice President


Irene is a VP in the Services team.  She joined Apax in 2018 and is currently based in New York. Her Apax deal experience includes Authority Brands, Lexitas and InnovAge.

Prior to joining Apax, Irene was a member of McKinsey’s San Francisco office, where she was involved in projects across the financial services, technology and consumer sectors.

Irene holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley, where she graduated with High Honors.


Irene currently serves on the boards of Authority Brands, American Water Resources, and SavATree. 

Living our values

“My parents are my inspiration. They borrowed money for the flight over to North America when they immigrated in the early 90’s, pursuing graduate degrees while also working full-time and raising my sister and myself. They approached their journey across the world to a wholly different culture with tenacity and optimism as well as with an open mind and attitude, deeply reflecting the Apax value of “We learn, adapt and grow” and this is why this value deeply resonates with me.”

Contact information

+1 212 753 6300


New York



Irene's Story

Coming from a consulting background, Irene knew she loved the challenge of diving deep into a tough problem with a team of motivated and intelligent colleagues. She was inspired to come to Apax for the opportunity of taking on an additional challenge and reaching the next level of problem-solving through collaborating with best-in-class management teams, diverse colleagues and top-tier advisors.