Virgo Appoints Melissa Toma Ryan as Managing Director, Head of Business Development & Investor Relations

San Francisco, CA – Private investment firm, Virgo Investment Group, announced the hiring of Melissa Toma Ryan as Managing Director and Head of Business Development & Investor Relations.  Ryan brings over 20 years of experience in financial services across sales, capital raising and origination to the team. She joins Virgo after a decade at Credit Suisse, where she served most recently as Co-Head of Capital Services in the Americas. 

Virgo Founder and CIO, Jesse Watson, said, “We have known Melissa for many years, respect her knowledge and work ethic, and are excited to welcome her to the Virgo team.  She was a key contributor to raising our first institutional fund and will serve as a strong leader in institutionalizing and scaling our business development function.”

“We continually work to best serve our investor partners and the investment community at-large. We are extremely pleased to have Melissa join the firm and to add her 20 years of experience to the team,” added Mark Perez, Virgo Founding Partner. “Her knowledge of our firm and strategy will be an important element in Virgo effectively connecting with the market as we continue to grow.”  

Ryan will focus her efforts on further developing Virgo’s platforms and strengthening the firm’s investor relationships and footprint globally. The hiring of Ryan falls in line with Virgo’s efforts to continually create value for its companies and investors. 

“I am excited to be part of such a talented, experienced team with such a strong culture. Virgo’s commitment to grow and transform meaningful businesses goes beyond capital and includes partnership, creativity, and best in class operational execution. I look forward to building on the great work Jesse, Mark and the entire team have done over the years,” said Ryan.

Prior to Credit Suisse, Mrs. Ryan was the Director of Investor Relations for BAM Capital and an Associate at Lehman Brothers in Capital Introductions, and also spent three years at Merrill Lynch in Taxable Debt Marketing and Fixed Income Origination. She began her career as a business analyst at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Ryan graduated from Gettysburg College and earned her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.


Founded in 2009, Virgo is a private investment firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area that has an established track record of building and transforming businesses. Virgo seeks to grow differentiated business models into profitable, industry leading companies.  Virgo’s two distinct strategies focus on creating, building and scaling credit/asset-based businesses, and growth equity investments in Founder-led or Family-owned companies where the Firm executes transformative growth. The Firm has raised over $1.8 billion and completed 61 investments to date.  For more information, please visit