Lead Advisor, Tech Practice
Laef Olson joined Apax in 2017 as an Advisor in the Operational Excellence Practice team, based out of the US. He leads the Technology & Cybersecurity practice team, engaging in pre-investment due diligence, and delivery of technology & cybersecurity projects across the Apax portfolio.
He has held several senior operating roles for technology-driven organizations, including Senior Vice President at Oracle Corporation where he was responsible for delivery of Oracle Public Cloud, as Senior Vice President & CIO at RightNow Technologies, as Group Vice President of Technology at Orbitz Worldwide, as CTO at Cars.com, and as Vice President of Online Product Management at First Chicago NBD.
Laef holds an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, and also a BA in Economics from Wheaton College.
As an apiarist, Laef sees up close the power of unselfish teamwork in achieving what would have been impossible for the individual. He was immediately attracted to Apax, where teams of humble yet driven, talented and experienced individuals is the norm. He sees the power of this framework played out every day in how the Firm approaches opportunities and engages within the diversity of the funds' investment portfolio. This model, combined with clear and pervasive values and culture, creates a dynamic and compelling work environment that is a key driver of the Firm’s success.