Stephen T. Zarrilli

Stephen T. Zarrilli

President and Chief Executive Officer

Leading by Example.

Steve leverages his demonstrated ability to successfully grow and manage a number of entrepreneurial and mature enterprises to uphold and further Safeguard’s distinguished track record of building market leaders.

Over the course of a 30 year career, Steve Zarrilli has served as CEO and CFO of both publicly traded and privately held, venture-backed companies. Having been directly involved with the launch of two businesses, Steve understands the operational and strategic challenges that entrepreneurs face. He understands what it takes to build a great company based on his deep domain expertise as an entrepreneur, board member and financier. Steve’s public and private company experience complements Safeguard’s rich history and ensures a strong, disciplined infrastructure going forward.

In addition to his responsibilities at Safeguard, Steve is a Board Member for Safeguard’s partner companies Apprenda and Pneuron; University City Science Center; and Virtus Investment Partners (NASDAQ:VRTS). In addition, Steve is Chairman of the Board at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP); and Chair, Board of Trustees at LaSalle University.

Steve is a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia earning a B.S. degree in Accounting. He is a former Certified Public Accountant, and is a frequent lecturer on corporate governance, financial management, organizational and capital development matters. He also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

"If the success of our performance proves one thing, it is Safeguard’s ability to empathize and work on behalf of entrepreneurs to unlock the value of their business to achieve long-term goals and maximize value for investors and shareholders."

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January 11, 2016

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November 19, 2015

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