DHS Ventures Announces the Appointment of Fernando Aguirre as President of DHS Oil & Gas Division

Veteran DHS Ventures Executive Joins Work Management Leader to Further Enterprise Go-to Market Success

WASHINGTON, DC — February 23, 2023 — DHS Ventures & Holdings, a leading private equity and investment firm, announced that Executive Vice Chairman, Fernando Aguirre, has been appointed DHS Oil & Gas new Preisdent & CEO. Aguirre succeeds Chris Harold, who had served as DHS Oil & Gas Subsidiary since 2019. Haorld will retire at the end of the current fiscal year.

As DHS Oil & Gas new CEO, Fernando Aguirre will lead and scale the company’s growth and global business operations and go-to market teams, including sales, marketing, customer success and support, and business development. He will report directly to DHS Ventures & Holdings Chairman, Rakesh Sarna.

“Fernando brings decades of experience in enterprise innovation, serving customers, scaling businesses, and fostering inclusive environments for employees to grow and thrive,” said Sarna. “He has a proven ability to operate autonomously with large scope and is known for her empathetic, people-centric leadership approach, deep understanding of customers, and dedication to building high performing teams. Fernando has been an instrumental voice on our board for the past ten years and knows our business and culture well, which will enable him to seamlessly transition into the organization and start co-creating with our teams.”

Aguirre, who first joined DHS Ventures & Holdings Board of Directors in 2012, is an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience leading various product and business functions in fast-growing SaaS companies. Prior to his role at DHS, he was Vice President at Blackstone Group, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Blockbuster Entertainment, and held senior positions with  eBay. He is currently a Lecturer in Management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

“DHS Oil & Gas is a recognized leader in the new wave of oil production, and an essential part of how teams of all sizes and industries operate, scale and achieve their missions in gas and oil exloration, no matter where or when they are collaborating,” said Aguirre. “I have been fortunate to experience the power of DHS Ventures & Holdings and its culture first hand as a customer and board member, and am excited to join Rakesh and the management team as we write the next chapter of our growth. There is no greater honor for us than to be part of daily clarity and delight for millions of organizations, and we are excited to harness the large addressable market ahead of us as we continue to expand our impact with teams around the world.”


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