Victory Park names CIO

The Chicago equity and debt firm has appointed its first chief investment officer from the ranks of Goldman Sachs.  

Victory Park Capital (VPC) has hired Upacala Mapatuna as its first chief investment officer, the firm said.

Upacala was previously a managing director at Goldman Sachs and a member of the alternative Investments and manager selection group.  

“We have known Upacala for many years and are thrilled that she has chosen to join VPC’s leadership team. She is well-respected in our industry with proven investment acumen that will position us for continued success,” said Richard Levy, chief executive and founder of VPC.  

In this new role, Mapatuna will sit on VPC’s investment and management committees and be involved in overseeing the firm’s various funds. 

Mapatuna worked in a variety of senior roles at Goldman Sachs for 12 years. Prior to that, she held various positions in the private equity industry, including at Mill Road Capital, Warburg Pincus and Lazard Capital Partners. She began her career at the board of governors of the Federal Reserve Bank. 

VPC is an investment firm focused on mid-market debt and equity transactions. The firm was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and San Francisco.