Gary McIlraith

Former Executive Chair, TOMIA


I am Gary McIlraith and I currently chair two PE-backed software companies: Tally Group (Aus/NZ-based leader in SaaS cloud billing systems for energy retailers, owned by Silvertree Equity and Pioneer Capital) and Thesis (US-based leader in SaaS cloud student management systems for higher education institutes, owned by Silvertree Equity).

Prior to this, I have been operating as Exec Chair of TOMIA, a software developer for telecommunications backed by Vista Equity Partners. In June 2022, we orchestrated a successful exit to Lumine Group, a subsidiary of Volaris Group.

From 2011 through to 2016, I was CEO of internet technology and services company, NetNames Group, a provider of corporate domain and online brand-protection services. I led the business through a full Hg Capital investment cycle, culminating in a sale to CSC in 2016.

Earlier in my career, I was a Managing Director at Alix Partners, which gave me exposure to a range of turnaround situations across multiple sectors.

I feel I can add value to PepTalks members by sharing insights on:

  • Managing teams throughout each stage of the private equity investment lifecycle
  • How to execute trade sales to international buyers.

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