Founding Partner, Riverwood Capital
Chris Varelas is a Co-founding Partner and Managing Partner of Riverwood Capital. Prior to establishing Riverwood, Chris worked at Salomon Brothers/Citi as Global Head of Technology, Media & Telecom Investment Banking, Head of Citi’s National Investment Bank, member of Citi’s Global Operating Committee and Culture Czar for all of Citi. Chris was selected as one of the 100 most important deal makers by the New York Times and was named top “rainmaker’ in the technology sector by Dealmaker Magazine.
Chris earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California for which he serves on the Board of Trustees. He is a moderator for the Aspen Institute for which he recently founded the Aspen Finance Fellows program created to produce effective enlightened leaders in the financial services industry.