The Vistria Group is proud to share a recent article from the Wall Street Journal focused on the recognition of the top female investment professionals in the private equity industry. This year we are proud to announce that Amy Christensen, Partner, was highlighted as one of the most influential women in private equity.
Private Equity’s 14 Most Influential Women of Today and Tomorrow
Each year for the past five years, Private Equity Analyst has honored a different group of women who have risen through the professional ranks of their respective firms. Although they are still far outnumbered by their male counterparts, more women are proving their mettle in the competitive and demanding deal-making landscape. This year’s crop of honorees is no exception and comes from a range of firm sizes, industries and investment strategies.
Amy Christensen started her career as a business optimization consultant for large health systems–working on driving improvement within companies. After getting to know companies and helping to transform their operations, she said it was often difficult to walk away from a business once her work was done. This desire to help companies transform and grow led her to private equity. Before joining The Vistria Group, she was an investor at NewSpring Capital, Gores Group and Calder Capital Partners.
“Amy has a keen intellect, dynamite analytical ability, a passion for health care and the capability to see around the corner to avoid potential issues in a way I have rarely come across in my career,” according to Kip Kirkpatrick, a senior partner and co-chief executive at Vistria. “Perhaps most importantly, she has been instrumental in leading and mentoring the younger women in our firm, and cares deeply about making our firm more inclusive.”
Ms. Christensen is a partner and founding member at Vistria, where she focuses on investments in health care, education and financial services companies and has worked with six portfolio companies so far. Within health care, she is particularly focused on behavioral health, women’s health, payer services and health care staffing companies. Ms. Christensen received her master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.