Vista Equity Partners adds communications executive to senior team

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Vista Equity Partners (Vista), a global investment firm focused exclusively on enterprise software, data and technology-enabled businesses, is expanding its senior team with the appointment of Brian W Steel as Managing Director, Strategic Communications. 

Effective immediately, Steel will lead the firm’s media relations and strategic firm communications programs.

“As one of the world’s most active and preeminent investors in today’s market-leading enterprise software organisations, we are thrilled to add a communications partner to the team to help convey our expertise, size, scale and ultimately, the value we generate for all our stakeholders,” says David A Breach, President and Chief Operating Officer at Vista. “Brian is a proven communications leader who offers extensive experience across media, financial services and public policy to reinforce our firm’s position and further advance our opportunities in technology investing.”

Prior to joining Vista, Steel was responsible for media relations and internal communications for CNBC, serving most recently as the network’s Executive Vice President of Public Relations. He also previously served as Director and Global Head of Corporate Affairs for Citigroup’s Global Transaction Services business. Prior to that, Steel served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Policy Development at the US Department of Justice and as a domestic policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore in the White House.

“Vista’s story is compelling and is reinforced by a proven track record of utilising the transformative power of technology to consistently deliver strong results to its investors over the last twenty years – all while catalysing positive impact in today’s increasingly digital world,” says Steel. “I look forward to working with the impressive team at Vista and helping to shape the media relations and communications programs as the firm continues to accelerate its growth trajectory.”

Steel received his BA in English from Boston College, and his JD from the New York School of Law.

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