Joins David Simmons, Former PPD CEO, to Lead the H&F CEO Council
Hellman & Friedman (H&F), a premier global private equity firm,announced that Aron Ain is joining the firm in an advisory role as an Operating Partner and member of the H&F CEO Council. Ain is a long-standing software technology executive who previously served as the founding CEO of UKG, a leading provider of HR, payroll and workforce management solutions. Ain will continue to serve as Executive Chair of UKG, where he remains actively involved with the Company, including working closely with current and future UKG customers and partners, providing support to the leadership team, and promoting the UKG brand worldwide.
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“We have worked with Aron for over 15 years and watched him inspire leaders, colleagues, customers and partners, while also creating one of the world’s leading HCM cloud companies. We are delighted to continue our partnership with Aron and have his support driving value creation and building strong leadership and culture across our portfolio,” said David Tunnell, Partner at H&F.
“Aron is an exceptional leader who created tremendous value and an award-winning culture during his time as CEO of UKG and Kronos, and we are thrilled that H&F portfolio companies will benefit from his guidance and support,” said Patrick Healy, Chief Executive Officer at H&F.
H&F was an early private equity investor in large cap software with its first investment in the late 1990s and has become a market leader in technology investing with over $21 billion of equity invested in support of long-term growth in category-leading businesses. H&F led the take-private transactions for Kronos and Ultimate Software in 2007 and 2019, respectively, which subsequently merged to become UKG in 2020.
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Ain joins David Simmons on the H&F CEO Council. David Simmons joined H&F in an advisory role as an Operating Partner earlier this year after serving for 10 years as CEO of PPD, a leading contract research organization offering services to biopharmaceutical companies across the clinical development spectrum. H&F was an investor in PPD from 2011 to 2021, when the Company was sold to Thermo Fisher. “The H&F CEO Council is part of our collaborative and differentiated approach to harness the leadership and operational acumen of these distinguished executives to support our portfolio companies and tailor their value creation plans for today’s complex environment,” said Allen Thorpe, Partner of H&F.
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