Rob Stavis is a partner in Bessemer's New York office. He focuses on investments in the financial-services sector and in emerging software technologies. He joined BVP in 2000.
Some of Rob’s historical investments include Skype (acquired by eBay), SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee); network software provider Pure (acquired by Cisco); Hunch (acquired by eBay); OMGPOP (acquired by Zynga); debit-card provider PRE Solutions (acquired by Incomm); India based financial services provider Motilal Oswal (BSE:MOSL) and CRM-software developer Portrait Software (LSE-AIM: PST); Arbinet (NASDAQ:ARBX) and Bermuda based reinsurance company PXRE (NYSE:PXRE.)
Rob entered private equity after a 15-year career at Salomon Smith Barney, where he was co-head of global arbitrage trading. He was a member of Salomon's operating and risk-management committees and chaired the recruiting committee, in addition to managing a $100 billion balance sheet.
Rob holds a BAS from the engineering school of the University of Pennsylvania and a BSE from the Wharton School of Management. Rob is on the Board of Overseers for Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is on the board and has also served as president of the board of WJCS, Westchester County's oldest and most comprehensive social-service agency.