All News & Videos


Lightyear Capital Hires Courtney Sullivan as Head of Fundraising and Investor Relations Appoints Natalie Ings to the Investment Committee Announces Additional Promotions

New York, February 28, 2022 – Lightyear Capital LLC ("Lightyear"), a New York-based private equity firm focused on financial services, today announced that it has hired Courtney Sullivan as Managing Director and Head of Fundraising and Investor Relations. She joins Lightyear from Inverness Graham Investments, a private investment firm that specializes in high-growth, innovative manufacturing, technology and service companies, where she was head of investor relations.

 Lightyear also announced that Managing Director Natalie Ings was appointed to the firm's Investment Committee, where as part of the senior leadership team, she is focused on enhancing value and driving growth at Lightyear's portfolio companies.

"Lightyear is distinguished by our talented team members who are core to our long-term success. We welcome Courtney and know she will be a great asset to the firm with her strong track record of fundraising and building sustainable relationships with investors. We are also pleased to appoint Natalie to the Investment Committee. In her six years at Lightyear, she has proven to be a valued and trusted senior leader and is a big part of our successful performance and growth over the years," said Mark F. Vassallo, Managing Partner of Lightyear.

Ms. Sullivan worked at Inverness Graham Investments from 2009 – 2022 as head of fundraising and investor relations and marketing. Prior to Inverness Graham she was a Fundraising Associate at Graham Partners and she received a BS from St. Joseph's University.

Prior to joining Lightyear, Ms. Ings was a Private Equity Controller at Och-Ziff Capital Management and a Senior Vice President, Head of Finance, at Macquarie Infrastructure Partners. Ms. Ings holds a B.Com. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Sydney and a M.Fin. from INSEAD. She is an Australian Chartered Accountant.
Lightyear also announced the following promotions:

  • Trevor Pieri, Principal, Investment Team
  • Ben Strumeier, Principal and Assistant General Counsel
  • Noah Liff, Vice President, Investment Team
  • Jacobo Ochoa, Senior Associate, Investment Team
  • Josh Chawla, Senior Associate, Portfolio Solutions
  • Joe Raio, Senior Associate, Investment Team
About Lightyear Capital LLC
Founded in 2000, Lightyear is a financial services-focused private equity firm based in New York. Through its affiliated private equity funds, Lightyear makes primarily control investments in North America-based, middle-market companies associated with financial services, including asset management and wealth management, banks and brokerage, commercial and consumer finance, financial technology, healthcare financial services, insurance, and tech-enabled business services. Lightyear brings focus and discipline to its investment process, as well as operating, transaction, and strategic management experience, along with significant contacts and resources beyond capital. For more information, please visit