Sophia Lee has stepped down as principal and head of investor relations at San Francisco-based private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, Private Equity Career News has learned.
Lee was promoted to the role in April after serving as a vice president for the past two and a half years. Prior to joining the firm as an associate in 2015, she served in the tech investment banking branch of J.P. Morgan.
Lee’s departure marks at least the sixth mid-level professional to leave the firm in the past year. Private Equity Career News recently published an article describing a new firm founded by four of the professionals that left last June.
Former principals Chris Collins and Chris Lawler are the co-founders and managing partners of Percheron Capital, while former vice presidents Terence Kwan and Katie Misch act as principals. Percheron recently launched its debut fund to invest in animal healthcare, automotive services, people healthcare, food & beverage, educational services, and residential services.
Golden Gate’s team page at press time shows 53 employees total, including 13 managing directors, four principals, seven vice presidents, and 22 associates.
The firm is known for its evergreen fund, operating with over $19 billion in cumulative committed capital earmarked for investments in consumer, financial services, industrials, and technology. Golden Gate recently acquired student safety technology company Securly, according to a press release. The firm also recently completed the sale of 2020 Technologies, an interior design software company, to Genstar Capital, according to a press release.
A spokesperson for the firm declined to comment on Lee’s departure and we were unable to get in contact with Lee before press-time.