Motive Partners | Milwaukee/ New York
Jeff Yabuki led Brookfield-based Fiserv Inc., a payments and financial services technology company, from 2005 to 2020. He also served as Fiserv’s chairman from 2019 to 2020.
Yabuki led the company through a series of acquisitions and divestitures, nearly tripling revenue during his tenure as chief executive officer. Fiserv’s largest acquisition, a $22 billion all-stock deal to acquire New York City-based First Data Corp., closed in 2019. It was one of the largest acquisitions in the financial technology sector at the time, and that year Fiserv had $14.4 billion in revenue. The company has continued to grow since then, reporting $16.2 billion in revenue in 2021. It ranked #227 on the 2022 Fortune 500 list.
Following his retirement, Yabuki was appointed chairman and founding partner of Motive Partners in 2021. The private equity firm focuses on growth equity and buyout investments in software and information services companies based in North America and Europe. At the time of his appointment, Motive Partners said Yabuki would help the firm capitalize on the significant financial technology market opportunity over the coming decade.
This fall, Yabuki was named the Sheldon B. Lubar Executive-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Sheldon B. Lubar College of Business.
Prior to joining Fiserv, Yabuki spent six years at H&R Block and was most recently executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company. And before that, he held a progression of leadership positions over 12 years at American Express.
In 2021, Yabuki, through his family foundation, donated $20 million to Children’s Wisconsin to support several mental and behavioral health initiatives at the pediatric health system.
Education: Bachelor’s, California State University