Private equity firms that leverage technology as a strategic differentiator are driving outsized value in their portfolio companies.

Kenneth Woodruff

Principal, Americas Private Equity Leadership Team, Ernst & Young LLP

Digital transformation and emerging technologies specialist. Mergers and acquisitions strategist. High performer and quick learner.

Ken is responsible for leading EY Americas Private Equity (PE) technology businesses, supporting PE funds and their portfolios in connecting their technology strategies with their deal theses and executing technology initiatives to deliver stakeholder value.

With over 20 years of experience guiding PE and Fortune 500 companies, Ken supports clients in defining and implementing strategic technology roadmaps to drive technology-enabled value creation. He focuses on delivering technology solutions to achieve sustainable competitive advantage while building their core competencies, mitigating risk and containing cost.

An engineer at heart, Ken began his career as a weapons system software engineer on the F16 Fighting Falcon.

Ken is an alumnus of the University of Arkansas, where he earned his BS in Computer Engineering. He then earned his MS in Software Engineering from Southern Methodist University.

How Kenneth is building a better working world

“Through the years, I have fostered strong relationships with business and IT executives of client organizations and led teams to help clients build core competencies across multiple domains and functions, including strategy and planning, enterprise architecture, cloud architecture, IT operating model and analytics.

Most recently, I have been focused on helping clients focus their technology strategy to improve and deliver the value proposition for M&A transactions in the private equity sector.”


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