TEAM

AJAX's founding partners, strategic advisors, and investment team have had proven success investing across the public and private markets, operating and building businesses to scale, and generating phenomenal value for shareholders.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Dan Och

Dan Och

Daniel Och began his career at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in 1982 in the Risk Arbitrage Department, and rose to become the Head of Proprietary Trading in the Equities Division and Co-Head of U.S. Equities Trading. In 1994, Mr. Och left Goldman Sachs and founded the asset management firm, Och-Ziff. Mr. Och led the firm’s $1.15 billion IPO in 2007 and scaled the firm to $50 billion in assets under management. Mr. Och currently oversees Willoughby Capital, a private investment firm, and its multibillion-dollar portfolio spanning private equity, venture capital, public equity, credit and real estate.

Glen Fuhrman

Glenn Fuhrman

Glenn Fuhrman began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he rose to the position of Managing Director and Head of the Special Investments Group. In 1998, Mr. Fuhrman left Goldman Sachs and co-founded MSD Capital (“MSD”), the private investment firm of Michael Dell, the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies. Mr. Fuhrman served as MSD’s Co-Managing Partner and Co-Head of the Investment Committee, and oversaw a broad array of investments including venture capital, growth equity, minority investments in large public and private companies and significant investments for control in corporate buyouts and real estate. Mr. Fuhrman currently serves as the CEO and Founder of Virtru Investment Partners.

STRATEGIC ADVISORS

Steve Ells

STEVE ELLS

Steve Ells is the founder and former Executive Chairman & CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill. Prior to launching Chipotle, Mr. Ells worked for two years at Stars restaurant in San Francisco, where he was inspired by the local taquerias. Mr. Ells returned home to Denver in hopes of opening a similarly themed establishment and founded Chipotle in 1993. Under his direction, the chain grew substantially, serving naturally raised protein and promoting sustainable agriculture.

Jim McKelvey

James Morgan (Jim) McKelvey, Jr.

James Morgan (Jim) McKelvey, Jr., is a serial entrepreneur, business person and philanthropist. Most notably, Mr. McKelvey co-founded payments firm Square, Inc. in 2009. Mr. McKelvey served as the Chairman of its Board of Directors until 2010. Mr. McKelvey remains on Square’s Board, but started a new company, Invisibly, in 2017, which powers micropayments for the news and publishing industries. Mr. McKelvey is also a General Partner of Fintop Capital.

Kevin Systrom

Kevin Systrom

Kevin Systrom is the former CEO and Co-Founder of Instagram, one of the most revolutionary internet products in history. Mr. Systrom was CEO of Instagram for eight years from 2009 to 2018, overseeing the company’s business strategy and product roadmap. Under Mr. Systrom’s leadership, Instagram scaled its community substantially, all while launching innovative efforts in creativity tools, video and chat products. Mr. Systrom also oversaw the launch and growth of Instagram’s advertising products on feed and stories.

Anne Wojcicki

Anne Wojcicki

Anne Wojcicki is the Co-Founder and CEO of 23andMe, with a mission to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. 23andMe pioneered direct-to-consumer genetic testing. It was the first, and remains the only, company to have six FDA clearances for its over the counter tests, covering a wide range of genetic results, from carrier testing to genetic health risks to pharmacogenetic information.

KEY INVESTMENT TEAM MEMBERS

Morgan

J. Morgan Rutman

J. Morgan Rutman serves as the President of Willoughby Capital. Mr. Rutman began his investment career at Dillon Read in 1985 as an analyst in its merger arbitrage department and then moved to Steinhardt Partners in 1986 to co-manage their merger arbitrage portfolio. Mr. Rutman went on to co-found Farallon Partners in 1990 and Harvest Management LLC in 1993, which he managed until early 2008.

Mira

Mira Muhtadie

Mira Muhtadie serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Willoughby Capital, overseeing all investment activity across private equity, venture capital, public markets, credit and real estate. Ms. Muhtadie began her career in investment banking at Credit Suisse, and transitioned into private equity at Lightyear Capital in 2002.

Adnan Ahmad

Adnan Ahmad

Adnan Ahmad is a Managing Director at Willoughby Capital, where he focuses on public and private investments across all of Willoughby Capital’s core sectors. Previously, Mr. Ahmad was a Principal at Roystone Capital where he managed long/short equity and credit investments from 2014 to 2019.