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Sapphire hires Ralph DeBernardo in new head of investor relations role

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Venture Capital firm Sapphire has hired Ralph DeBernardo from mid-market private investment firm Peak Rock Capital in its newly created head of investor relations role.

DeBernardo, who also becomes a partner, will oversee all aspects of investor relations to ensure LPs with a direct line of communication with the firm as well as manage strategy and execution around fundraising activities. He will be working across the firm’s ventures, sport and partners strategies to expand its investor base across the US and internationally, the firm said.

DeBernardo was head of investor relations at Peak Rock Capital overseeing investor communications and fundraising. He was also a member of the investor relations team at Vista Equity Partners previously where he was responsible for raising capital and managing investment relationships.

Nino Marakovic, CEO of Sapphire, said, “Sapphire’s history of building deep relationships and long-term partnerships with strategic limited partners has been core to who we are since our founding. As Sapphire continues to evolve ahead of the dynamically changing venture capital landscape, it is imperative to provide our limited partners with a best-in-class experience, as generating great returns is simply not enough.

We are excited to welcome Ralph to the team as he brings a wealth of experience managing relationships with some of the most premier investors in the world. His joining couldn’t come at a more important time for the Firm as we have reached a true inflection point with our most recent capital raise.”

Sapphire Ventures scored $1.7bn of new capital across a string of new funds in February. The multi-fund raise brought Sapphire’s total assets under management to more than $5.7bn.

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