SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cordillera Investment Partners (“Cordillera”), an investment management firm that exclusively invests in niche, non-correlated assets, today announced that Zankhna Vasha has joined as Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), effective December 1, 2023. She is responsible for overseeing the firm’s internal and external finance functions and managing a team of five people. Ms. Vasha is based in San Francisco, where Cordillera is headquartered, and reports directly to the firm’s three co-managing partners Agustin ‘Gus’ Araya, Chris Heller and Ashley Marks.
“Zankhna brings a proven track record of financial leadership and strategic acumen, which aligns with our company’s vision and growth ambitions. We are confident that her expertise will add immense value to both internal and external stakeholders alike.”
“We are excited to welcome Zankhna to Cordillera. She has seamlessly fit into the culture of our firm with a rigor and appreciation for the way we invest,” said Araya. “Zankhna brings a proven track record of financial leadership and strategic acumen, which aligns with our company’s vision and growth ambitions. We are confident that her expertise will add immense value to both internal and external stakeholders alike.”
Ms. Vasha has over two decades of finance, operations and accounting experience in private equity and venture capital. She was most recently the CFO of the ~$8 billion equity business of SVB Capital Management, LLC (formerly SVB Capital, the venture capital arm of Silicon Valley Bank), where she had financial oversight for 30+ equity venture funds, including direct funds, funds of funds, employee funds and separately managed accounts. Prior to that, Ms. Vasha spent 12 years at Oaktree Capital Management where she held various accounting and finance roles. She earned her MBA from Loyola Marymount University and her bachelor’s from University of Mumbai, Narsee Monjee College of Commerce.
Ms. Vasha shared, “In ten short years and across a variety of market conditions Cordillera has established itself as a recognized investment firm who investors from around the world trust with their capital. I look forward to bringing best practices from my experience to Cordillera and partnering with Gus, Chris and Ashley on driving the firm through its next ten years and beyond, with emphasis on increased rigor and sophistication on the financial and operational side.”
Founded in 2014, Cordillera seeks to identify ‘alternative alternatives’ before they become overcapitalized within the institutional investment community. Cordillera employs differentiated proprietary direct deal structuring as it seeks to uncover non-traditional, untapped alpha that has the upside potential to deliver compelling risk-adjusted returns, while also offering significant diversification benefits to investors. In July, the firm closed its third fund, which was the largest close in its history with $443 million of commitments from institutional allocators.
About Cordillera Investment Partners
Cordillera Investment Partners is an investment management firm that exclusively invests in niche, non-correlated sectors of the economy. Its investments are generally in sectors that are misunderstood, undercapitalized and uncorrelated with traditional assets. Cordillera manages over $1.5 billion of capital on behalf of endowments, foundations, family offices, wealth advisors and other institutional investors. For more information on Cordillera, please visit www.cordillera-ip.com.