Co-founder and Managing Partner, Pharos Capital Group, LLC
Kneeland Youngblood is a founding partner of Pharos Capital Group. Mr. Youngblood was chairman of the American Beacon Funds, a $30 billion mutual fund company, managed by American Beacon Advisors, a $65 billion investment affiliate of American Airlines. He was a director of Starwood Hotels and Lodging, one of the largest hotel companies in the world with more than 725 properties in 80 countries and 120,000 employees. He also served on the board of directors of Gap Inc., Burger King and the $3 Billion Dallas Employee Retirement System. He was a former director of the U.S. Enrichment Corporation, a global energy services company taken public in 1998 in a $1.4 billion initial public offering in the largest U.S. government privatization since Conrail. He served as a Presidential appointee with Senate confirmation in his role on the Board. He currently serves on the board of Energy Future Holdings (formerly TXU) and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, a UK based company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Youngblood is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and graduated from Princeton University in 1978 with an A.B. in Politics/Science in Human Affairs and earned an M.D. degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in 1982. Mr. Youngblood is based out of the firm’s Dallas office.
Jim Phillips is a Partner of Pharos Capital Group, LLC. Prior to joining Pharos and its predecessor entities in 1996, Mr. Phillips was with Goldman Sachs, serving in both its Equities Management Division and in Private Client Services. Mr. Phillips graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Management and from the University of Miami with an M.B.A. He has more than eleven years of private equity experience.
Prior to joining Kodiak, Lou was President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of ArrowPoint Communications where he was responsible for all of ArrowPoint’s functional organizations and focused on managing worldwide operations to achieve company growth objectives. ArrowPoint had a successful IPO in March 2000 and was acquired by Cisco Systems for $5.5 billion in June 2000.
Prior to joining ArrowPoint, Lou was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing and a member of the Board of GeoTel Communications, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in June 1999. He joined GeoTel early in its developmental stage and was a major contributor in building its worldwide sales and marketing presence. He was also instrumental in guiding the company through its IPO and eventual $2 billion acquisition. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations for Parametric Technology Corporation from 1989 to 1994. Before Parametric, he was an executive at Prime Computer. Lou has been an active investor and board member of a number of companies including Atria (acquired by Pure) and Softdesk (acquired by Autodesk).
Volpe holds a master of business administration degree from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University. He serves as Chairman of the Board of IMlogic and RulesPower and is also on the boards of Azimuth Systems, CXO Systems, Egenera, GTESS, IE-Engine, and sentitO Networks.