Mr. Ball is a founder of Francisco Partners and has been a partner since its formation in August 1999. Prior to founding Francisco Partners, Mr. Ball was a vice president with TA Associates where he led private equity investments in the software, semiconductor and communications segments. Previously, he worked for Genstar Capital LLC, a middle-market LBO firm, where he focused on investments in the semiconductor, capital equipment and communications industries. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ball worked for AEA Investors, a New York-based private equity firm, and also for the consulting firm of Bain & Company. Mr. Ball serves on the board of directors of ECI, Legerity and WebTrends.
Mr. Ball holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB from Harvard College.