Co-founder of Palo Alto, Calif.-based HGGC (formerly known as Huntsman Gay Global Capital), Rich Lawson is the managing partner overseeing investment activities for the firm's $1 billion fund. He serves as chairman or vice chairman for every tech company the firm owns.

Lawson was the driving force behind some of HGGC's most recent successful exits, including the firm's $1 billion plus exit of its Swiss portfolio company Hybris to European software maker SAP AG. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter. Founded in 1997 and based in Zug, Switzerland, Hybris is focused on e-commerce technology. It generated around $110 million in revenue in 2012 and has about 500 customers worldwide.

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