Gretchen Frary Guandolo is a Partner and Managing Director of Clearsight Advisors.
Gretchen’s experience includes sell-side, buy-side and recapitalization transactions for private and public companies and she leads the firm’s activity in the Big Data Analytics and Public Sector Technology markets. Prior to joining Clearsight, Gretchen served as a senior member of the M&A teams at Agility Advisors and Updata Capital where she executed over 35 M&A and financing transactions for software and information technology services clients.
During the financial crisis, Gretchen worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in assisting the federal government with divestitures of assets acquired through bank failures across the US. Gretchen led the Federal Transaction team at PwC and created the process through which billions of dollars of assets were sold back into the private sector. Gretchen began her career with Arthur Andersen where she spent four years in the Global Emerging Markets group working in Russia, Uzbekistan and Egypt on privatization and public–private partnership programs.
Gretchen’s personal background includes honing her skills by negotiating with her three children on a daily basis and volunteering in school programs such as Girl Scouts and Co-Chair of the MadScience and Foreign Language programs.
Gretchen earned a B.A. in International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and later earned an MBA in finance from the Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.