SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 8, 2014 – GI Partners (“GI”), a leading middle market private equity firm, announced today the appointment of Laila Tarraf as Head of Human Resources. 

Rick Magnuson, Founder and Executive Managing Director of GI Partners, said, “We are committed to the growth and development of the professionals at our firm, as well as at our portfolio companies. Laila’s experience in building large teams will prove invaluable as our firm expands, and will assist in the growth of our investments by further enhancing the value of our human capital. Laila is a great addition to our partnership, and we welcome her to our team.” 

"I'm excited to join the GI Partners team," Ms. Tarraf said. "GI has had strong momentum following its successful Fund IV fundraising, and I look forward to supporting the firm's continued growth."

Prior to joining GI Partners, Ms. Tarraf served with Peet's Coffee & Tea since 2006 as its first Chief People Officer & VP of HR. Previously, she served in human resources leadership roles at Walmart.com, Webvan, and Electronic Arts. Ms. Tarraf received her B.S. from California State Polytechnic - Pomona, and an MBA from the University of Berkeley, California.