Warburg Pincus welcomes Irfan Khan as Senior Adviser to its Technology Group May 6, 2022

Experienced, senior technology specialist and President of SAP HANA Database and Analytics will support Warburg Pincus in identifying new investment opportunities and help portfolio companies accelerate innovation and sales growth

London, 6 May, 2022 – Warburg Pincus, a leading global growth investor, today announced the appointment of Irfan Khan as a Senior Adviser in its Technology group. In his role, Irfan will work with Warburg Pincus and its portfolio companies to accelerate innovation and business growth and to identify and evaluate new investment opportunities in the global technology industry. 

Irfan brings more than 25 years of international technology, sales and business growth experience to the firm. Throughout his career, Irfan has held numerous senior leadership positions across a number of core business functions. Irfan spent the last ten years with SAP, where he is currently President of SAP HANA Database and Analytics, with global development and product management responsibilities across the entire SAP HANA Database and Analytics portfolio. 

Prior to this role, Irfan was President of SAP’s Platform & Technologies unit where he led global sales and go-to-market strategies for all SAP technology, inclusive of SAP Cloud Platform, Database, data management and analytics assets. Irfan joined SAP through the acquisition of Sybase Inc. where he was Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer. He has spent almost two decades in various executive leadership positions across Engineering, Marketing, and Sales.  

Flavio Porciani, Managing Director at Warburg Pincus, said, "Irfan is an industry leader who intrinsically understands how to scale high growth technology businesses. His expertise is perfectly aligned with Warburg Pincus’s long history of technology growth investing and our current and prospective portfolio companies will undoubtedly benefit from his 25 years of experience helping global technology businesses successfully deliver their go-to-market and growth strategies. We welcome Irfan to Warburg Pincus, and we look forward to working together.’’ 

Irfan Khan, President of SAP HANA Database and Analytics said, ‘’Warburg Pincus has an outstanding reputation for technology investing and for identifying businesses with significant growth potential. I’m excited to partner with Warburg Pincus and its team of technology experts as we work together to identify opportunities that will create value, accelerate innovation, and inspire management teams.’’

Irfan’s appointment follows other senior appointments within Warburg Pincus’s global technology group, including Brian Duffy who joined as a Senior Adviser from SAP in September 2021. Irfan and Brian join Warburg Pincus’s global team of value creation specialists, a group of industry leaders with an average of 25 years’ experience within the technology industry

Warburg Pincus has been a long-time, active investor in the technology industry. Since the firm was founded in 1966, it has invested $30 billion in technology businesses, with investments including Scandit, Quantexa, Personetics, Inmarsat, McMakler, Avaloq, CrowdStrike and Avalara.

About Warburg Pincus
Warburg Pincus LLC is a leading global growth investor. The firm has more than $80 billion in assets under management. The firm’s active portfolio of more than 245 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector, and geography. Warburg Pincus is an experienced partner to management teams seeking to build durable companies with sustainable value. Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus has raised 21 private equity and 2 real estate funds, which have invested more than$100 billion in over 1,000 companies in more than 40 countries. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Mauritius, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, and Singapore. For more information, please visit Follow us on LinkedIn.

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