Prior to founding the Firm in 2003, Ms. Knoell spent 18 years primarily in investment banking and corporate development, focused on the communications services, software and related equipment, and healthcare IT sectors. During that period, Ms. Knoell served as Vice President of Business Development at Digital Island Corporation, Senior Managing Director of Corporate Finance co-heading the West Coast Technology Group at Bear Stearns & Co., Inc., as well as Head of Corporate Finance at Punk, Ziegel & Knoell, a specialty investment bank committed to emerging growth companies which she co-founded in 1990. During her career as a banker, Ms. Knoell led the successful completion of billions of dollars of IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Knoell started her investment banking career in 1985 with Needham & Company. Prior to attending business school, Ms. Knoell was an engineer with Exxon Corporation.
Ms. Knoell currently serves on the board of directors of ENT Biotech Solutions and Silicon Genesis Corporation. Previously Ms. Knoell served on the boards of Celion Networks, Inc., CureLauncher Inc., Frictionless Commerce, Inc., Lucid Media, Inc., Network Elements, Inc., Nufern and Sequence Design, Inc. and served as a Board Observer of Avegant Corporation, Core Networks, Inc., PartMiner, Inc., SportVision, Inc. and VeriCenter, Inc.
Ms. Knoell received her M.B.A. from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. Ms. Knoell currently serves Cornell University as a Member of the Engineering College Advisory Council. She served as a Trustee of University Liggett School for 2010 – 2016.