Suzanne Passalacqua

SUZANNE PASSALACQUA is a Managing Director at 5Lights. She is responsible for portfolio performance and lends hands-on support to developing management teams, executing the vision, and promoting continuous improvement. Suzanne leads strategic and business model development, creates business infrastructure and deep dives into discrete projects to bridge resource gaps.

In both later-stage and start-up environments, Suzanne has executed sell-side and buy-side transactions, including buy-outs, corporate restructurings, execution of growth plans, sourcing deals, directing diligence teams, and leading transaction negotiations and execution. She has also led an array of corporate finance and strategic advisory initiatives, including debt and equity financings in public and private markets, the development and execution of business plans and strategic alliances, assessing valuations, and delivering fairness opinions. She is responsible for having advised clients in transactions totaling over $1.5 billion in value and has served several portfolio companies through hands-on involvement and Board representation.

Suzanne earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and Italian from the University of California at Davis, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is a member of the California State Bar and her accomplishments include having won a favorable decision from the California Supreme Court.

Suzanne’s Lights:

  • Secret: There are no secrets. Have integrity, be authentic, do your best; the rest is not up to you.
  • Market: You are not the customer; your belief and opinion not the facts; meaning is where you ascribe it, so let your customers show you theirs.
  • Model: Model pricing and delivery design should reflect where your products’ value and your customers’ meaning intersect. Be creative.
  • Resources: Don’t underestimate the amount of resources brilliance takes. Seek them, live them.
  • Team: The right partners feel like relief, completion and inspiration. Oh, Go Pirates!