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William H. Largent

CEO and Chairman of the Board

An experienced executive with more than 30 years in operations and leadership roles with growth companies, William Largent was Veeam’s Executive Vice President (EVP), Operations and a board member prior to becoming CEO and Chairman of the Board.

William has been part of Veeam’s growth since 2008, and has more than 30 years of operations and leadership experience in growth companies. Prior to joining Veeam, he was CEO of Applied Innovation, Inc., a public company previously traded on the NASDAQ – National Market System. William also worked with other members of the Veeam executive team at Aelita Software where he was Chief Operating and Financial Officer. Prior to Aelita, William was CFO of Plug Power where he managed the company’s initial public offering with Goldman, Sachs & Co. as lead underwriter, raising more than $150 million in equity. His earlier career includes executive positions with Liebert Corporation, Metatec Corporation, and others. He began his career with Touche Ross & Co., now Deloitte. 


Michael Triplett

Board member

Michael Triplett is a managing director and joined Insight in 1998. Mike focuses on investments in Infrastructure and Application Software companies and has been instrumental in investments in more than twenty companies, many of which have achieved fast growth and realized significant value for shareholders and employees.

Notable among these are the IPOs of Click Commerce, Solarwinds Inc. (NYSE: SWI), and Quest Software, and the acquisitions of Aelita Software (acquired by Quest Software), Authorize.net (acquired by Go2Net), Astaro (acquired by Sophos), BeyondTrust (acquired by Veritas Capital), Imceda Software (acquired by Quest Software), eEye Digital Security (acquired by BeyondTrust), Folhamatic (acquired by Sage plc), GFI's TeamViewer (acquired by Permira), Kabum! (purchased by founders), Metalogix (acquired by Permira), and ScriptLogic (acquired by Quest Software). Recently Mike has invested in several companies in Europe and the United States.

Prior to joining Insight, Mike was an investment professional at Summit Partners, where he focused on investments in infrastructure and enterprise application software companies. Previously in his career, Mike worked as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co. and at Midland Data Systems.


Nick Ayers

Board member

Nick Ayers is one of America’s most in-demand entrepreneurs and political strategists. At 36 years old, he has forged a successful career in business and served at the highest levels of the United States government.

Most recently, Nick served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President. A trusted confidante of both Donald Trump and Mike Pence, he helped shape high-profile space, tax and foreign-policy initiatives.

Prior to the White House, Nick served as the senior advisor to Mike Pence during his governorship and chairmanship of the Trump/Pence presidential transition team. From 2006 to 2011, he was the youngest-ever executive director of the Republican Governors Association, where he oversaw the historic GOP gains in the 2010 election. Before joining the RGA, he spent four years as the senior advisor to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and managed his re-election campaign in 2006. 

In the private sector, Nick helped build one of the nation’s most successful mediabuying firms, overseeing more than a half-billion dollars in advertising. He manages an investment company, Ayers Neugebauer & Company, which has successful ventures in health care and technology. He also created Holmsted LLC, which invests in agriculture and promotes land conservation.

This year the World Economic Forum inducted Nick into their Young Global Leaders program. Time Magazine named Nick one of the “40 most influential people in politics under the age of 40.” The Wall Street Journal called him a “political prodigy” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution described him as a political “wunderkind.” He received a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Kennesaw State.


Ryan Hinkle

Board member

Ryan Hinkle joined Insight in 2003 and has worked across many industries, geographies and deal structures, spanning SaaS, internet, and infrastructure software companies primarily in North America, Europe, and Australia. Ryan has led or participated in over 30 investments including growth equity, leverage buyouts, growth buyouts, and platform roll-ups. Current investments include scaled leveraged buyouts (Episerver, Diligent, InhabitIQ, Bullhorn), growth SaaS companies (HqO, SMS Assist), and growth buyouts (PayIt, Workforce). His vertical investment experience includes education, collaborative work management, real estate, and payments software among many others.

Ryan’s past investments include 6 IPOs and over a dozen partial or full sales to financial sponsors and strategic acquirers. The IPOs of Pluralsight (NASDAQ: PS) and Smartsheet (NYSE: SMAR) were two of the top SaaS IPOs of 2018. They are also notable for Insight’s long history in working with each since 2012. Ryan enjoys working closely with the executive management teams of his investments focused on articulating the boldest “what can go right” vision, creating clear communication in all dimensions, maximizing talent retention via culture, and driving measurement and optimization of critical unit economics. Ryan is also a key manager of the Analyst program at Insight with responsibility for recruiting, training, and mentoring. He has been named to Growthcap's list of Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors multiple times.

Prior to Insight, Ryan began his journey as a lifelong technology enthusiast by developing real-time electricity trading productivity tools with PPL Corporation. Ryan also worked with Morgan Stanley where he observed trader behavior and built software tools to increase their efficiency. Ryan is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Finance from Wharton and Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Originally from rural southeastern Pennsylvania, he has spent over 15 years living in New York City with his wife, son, and daughter.


Philine Huizing

Board member

Philine Huizing is a Vice President and joined Insight in 2016. She focuses on investments in both high growth and mature software businesses, primarily in the infrastructure, DevOps, and cybersecurity sectors. Philine has led several investments in the cloud native ecosystem specifically, including Kasten, StormForge, and Ambassador Labs.

In addition to Veeam, Philine works closely with management teams at Lansweeper, Kaseya, LiveAction, Pcysys, among others. Before joining Insight’s investment team, she also spent several years on Insight's Onsite team, working closely with portfolio executives on GTM strategy, product strategy, and M&A.

Prior to Insight, she worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company's New York Office. Her work at McKinsey focused largely on growth and transaction strategy, advising clients across a variety of industries including financial services and software / technology, pharmaceuticals, and industrials. Philine is a graduate from MIT, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in product design and a minor in Management Science.