Anzu Partners, a US investment firm delivering capital and strategic support to breakthrough technology companies, promoted Cathryn Paine to Partner.
Since joining Anzu Partners in 2017, Paine and her team have recruited hundreds of specialized scientific, technical, and industry experts across more than 25 of Anzu’s portfolio companies.
In 2022, 93 team members, representing approximately $10 million in annualized salary and more than 50% of headcount growth, joined some of Anzu’s highest potential portfolio companies. She also recruited six public company officers and board members, half of which are women.
Committed to a people-first approach to building companies, Paine has spearheaded multiple programs with aggregate benefit. She rolled out a mental healthcare platform for Anzu and 16 portfolio companies. Paine also has implemented diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, employee engagement surveys, management training, and anti-harassment training for Anzu and across the portfolio.
In addition to her role managing Anzu’s recruiting, organizational development, and people operations, Paine has been instrumental in developing and supporting some of Anzu’s leading investments, including EnCharge AI, where she serves as a board observer.
Before Anzu, Painewas the deputy to the COO and led recruiting at Mapbox, a real-time location platform, where she helped quadruple the size of the company between its Series A and C funding rounds, and implemented processes around HR, compensation, benefits, performance management, and employment policies. Prior to Mapbox, Paine managed the finance, recruiting, and HR operations at FrontlineSMS, a mobile messaging software company.
Paine also serves as a committee member of the Women on Boards Project, where she conducts Board-level searches for venture-backed businesses. In 2022, Paine was named one of the 40 Rising Stars Under 40 by Venture Capital Journal. She received her BA and MA from the George Washington University.