Maria Lewis Kussmaul, CFA
Co-Founder and Partner - Boston
Maria, a Co-Founder and Partner at AGC Partners, leads the firm’s investment banking efforts in the IT security sector. A recognized domain expert, Maria is a frequent contributor to industry events, panelist/presenter at the RSA Conference, Security Innovation Network (SINET) Advisory Board Member, Naval War College Roundtable Participant and has facilitated numerous “Blue Sky” strategic planning sessions with leading security teams. Prior to co-founding AGC, Maria was a co-founder, general and venture partner of Castile Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm. Maria’s early Wall Street career spanned three firms – Smith Barney, Shearson Lehman and Cowen & Co., culminating as global head of Cowen’s data networks & Internet investment banking activities. Working for more than 30 years as a sell-side equity analyst, venture capitalist and investment banker, Maria has advised on hundreds of telecom equipment, networking, internet and security transactions. Previously, she was named to the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team for 13 consecutive years. Maria holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University, an M.B.A. from Wharton School of Business and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She was the 2013 recipient of the Boston Joseph Wharton Award.
Maria is a Trustee of the Museum of Science (MoS) in Boston, MA, and chair of the Museum’s Discoverers’ Committee. She is also an Overseer with Boston Baroque. A former marathoner, Maria now restricts her running to shorter distances and has adopted the annual Washburn Climb of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire’s highest peak, as her chief fundraiser for MoS. Maria and her husband Wes are empty nesters and reside in Boston, MA.
“Maria and her team at AGC served as BreakingPoint’s trusted advisor through a comprehensive and highly efficient process that culminated with the successful sale to Ixia. Through every step of the way, including complex final negotiations, AGC led BreakingPoint with professionalism and a deep commitment to our shareholders. My team and our investors couldn’t be more pleased with the results, and we look forward to working with AGC again in the future.”
— Des Wilson, CEO of BreakingPoint
(AGC Partners acted as sole financial advisor to BreakingPoint)
— Mike Dager, CEO of Arxan
(AGC Partners served as sole financial advisor to Arxan Technologies in September, 2013)
"AGC did a fantastic job advising Xceedium during the M&A process. The management team, Board, and shareholders were all thoroughly impressed by Maria’s deep industry knowledge and close relationships with the major security players. The entire AGC team served as a trusted advisor and helped make this transaction a success. We look forward to working with Maria and her team again in the future."
Glenn Hazard, CEO of Xceedium
(AGC Partners acted as sole financial advisor to Xceedium in August 2015)