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Francisco Partners makes key strategic hires

Francisco Partners (FP), a global investment firm that specialises in partnering with technology businesses, has made several key strategic hires.

Erin Blake has joined the firm as a Managing Director, Legal M&A, working with the investment team on transactional legal matters. She was most recently a Partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Kirkland & Ellis based in San Francisco, where she focused on software and technology transactions. She earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BS from Pennsylvania State University.
Francisco Partners has also hired Jason Warner as a Managing Director and Head of Data Science. He brings over a decade of analytical experience, most recently as a Principal, Data Science at the Blackstone Group and previously as an analyst with JPMorgan. Jason earned a BS in Operations Research and Engineering from Cornell University.
Brian Elrod has joined as a Director of Tax to augment the investment team’s capabilities around tax due diligence and structuring. Prior to joining the firm, Brian was a Partner in Deloitte’s M&A Tax group where he spent 14 years advising private equity clients on domestic and international investments across industries. He holds a JD from Seattle University School of Law and a BA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
Tulsi Byrne is Francisco Partners’ new Director and Head of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). She was previously Head of ESG for Fixed Income, Private Credit, and Private Equity at Nuveen where she developed and led the implementation of their ESG strategy. Tulsi also worked at the United Nations Global Compact and at UBS. She earned an MA from The New School and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.

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