Chief Executive Officer Ryan Jacob joined Capital Asset Exchange & Trading or CAE in 2008 after seeing an opportunity to build an arbitrage and market platform for secondary capital equipment in the semiconductor industry. Since his appointment as CEO, Ryan has grown CAE from a small five-person company in Menlo Park, CA into an established firm with offices in Palo Alto and Newport Beach, CA, Austin TX, and Roanoke, VA. He is also responsible for designing, implementing, and refining CAE’s trading operations, data and incentive systems, software, and processes on top of restructuring CAE’s revenue and cost models. In effect, CAE now caters to over a thousand clients with increased revenues by as much as 10,000%.
Under Ryan’s leadership, CAE also started to expand into turnkey services and parts after acquiring Ventex Corporation, one of the leading turnkey and parts aftermarket suppliers in the lithography industry. Ryan negotiated and closed the deal with Ventex Corporation which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of CAE.
In 2014, Ryan became CAE’s majority stockholder after completion of a management buyout.
Prior to joining CAE, Ryan worked for Summit Partners, a $13 billion global private equity firm, as a private equity investor with a focus on growth equity, leveraged buyouts, and recapitalizations. He also previously worked for Endeavour Capital, a $1 billion private equity firm, where he honed his skills on leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations.
Ryan’s experience at Summit Partners and Endeavour Capital exposed him to how different industries execute and complete a wide range of transactions. In particular, he learned how to analyze industries and their prospective investments with a deep financial and operational understanding. He was also a key player in structuring and executing add-on acquisitions and general corporate governance matters at these two firms.
He attended the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy.
As CEO of CAE for almost a decade now, Ryan sees even better times ahead for the company. With CAE at the center of the world’s $4-5 trillion equipment markets, Ryan believes the company’s safe, comprehensive, and effective market platforms will only continue to solve transactional inefficiencies between buyers and sellers in illiquid markets.
To this day, CAE’s novel approach to a complicated problem that has a broad application is “the single greatest opportunity” that Ryan built his successful career on.
Together with his team at CAE, Ryan is ready to solve more complex operational and transactional challenges while upholding CAE as one of the industry’s most fascinating and fast-paced workplaces to be at.