Karen Derr Gilbert

Bus Dev/Investor Relations/Operations

Karen has been at FTV Capital for over 23 years and  leads the firm’s efforts in strategic business development, investor relations, fundraising and marketing. Karen and her team work with portfolio companies to help facilitate access to potential customers through FTV’s Global Partner Network. She also works closely with the firm’s limited partners and prospective limited partners. Karen has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining FTV, Karen spent nearly a decade with Wells Fargo in a variety of marketing and product management positions. Prior to her work at Wells Fargo, Karen held several sales, trading and marketing roles at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and Shearson Lehman Brothers in New York. 


University of California, Los Angeles, BA, Economics
Cornell University, MBA


Karen loves spending time with family and friends, and when not in the office, you can find Karen on a mountain with her backpack, in the pool at Masters’ swimming, on the ski slopes of Lake Tahoe or curled up with a good book.

What attributes of our growth equity model do you think best differentiates FTV?

At the heart of FTV’s differentiation and a key part of our DNA is our Global Partner Network (GPN). For over two decades, we have collaborated with thought leaders and commercial decision-makers primarily across the financial services ecosystem to help sharpen our investment themes, as well as give our portfolio companies a leg up in their sales efforts through warm introductions into our GPN enterprises.

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