Berkshire Partners has appointed Kristin Johnsen as an Advisory Director.
Johnsen, a longtime technology executive, will partner with the firm’s technology team to evaluate new investment ideas and partner with portfolio companies on growth initiatives.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kristin to the team and look forward to deepening our relationship with her as an Advisory Director,” says EJ Whelan, Managing Director of Berkshire Partners. “Kristin brings deep technology leadership experience that will be invaluable for our private equity team in assessing new opportunities, and with our portfolio company teams in prioritising and executing on growth strategies.”
Johnsen has more than 30 years of experience running technology businesses, including most recently as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Services, an enterprise consulting and support business that serves more than 13,000 customers globally. She also served as CEO of ZKEY, a digital identity management company, and was COO and VP of Operations at Carparts.com. Previously, she was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she specialised in client situations requiring both strategic realignment and revamped operations. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Berkshire Partners portfolio companies FoodChainID and Access Information Management. Ms. Johnsen also supports key public institutions and non-profits, including UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering Advisory Board, Berkeley’s Women in Tech initiative (EDGE), and Opportunity@Work.