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Carl D. Thoma

Founder and Managing Partner

Carl D. Thoma is a Founder and Managing Partner at Thoma Bravo. Previously, he was a Co-Founder and Managing Director at Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner and its predecessor funds since 1980. Carl began his career at First Chicago Equity Group, where he helped build a leading private equity firm. He is a recognized pioneer of the buy-and-build strategy that is the foundation of Thoma Bravo's strategy today.

Carl is an avid art collector, which he parallels to the process of acquiring, partnering with and refining a company. He received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS in Accounting and Agriculture Economics from Oklahoma State University.

Carl is currently on the boards of the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, New Mexico School for the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum and SITE Santa Fe. Together with his wife, Marilynn, he runs the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, a grant-making organization dedicated to sharing its collection and supporting museums, projects and individuals pursuing innovative ideas in the visual arts: www.thomafoundation.org.

MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business

BS, Accounting, Agriculture Economics, Oklahoma State University

First Chicago Investment Corporation, Chicago, IL

Partner, Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner, Inc., Chicago, IL

Former President and Chairman, National Venture Capital Association

Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council

Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame

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