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Portfolio Programmes Lead

Pauline Vargas

Pauline leads two of Tenzing’s cornerstone Growth programmes: The Sherpa Programme and the Entrepreneurs Panel.  

Previously the Sherpa at Gravita, Pauline led the launch of the Gravita brand, supported the integration of four acquisitions in a 12-month period, and acted as Chief of Staff to CEO Caroline Plumb.  

Pauline’s role is to enable connectivity, idea and knowledge sharing, and increased effectiveness across the Sherpas, Entrepreneurs Panel, Growth Team and Portfolio. Sitting across the Sherpa Programme and Entrepreneurs Panel means Pauline spends her time thinking about how Tenzing continues to uniquely deliver value to our CEOs and management teams and fulfil our ambition to bring a fresh perspective to private equity.  

Originally from the US, Pauline started her career at Accenture in New York, where she focused on corporate turnarounds for established North American retailers. Once in London, her interests led her to ed-tech start-ups in emerging markets and customer-led growth consulting.  

As a Sherpa alum, Pauline is hugely passionate about Tenzing and the Growth Team. She is thrilled to continue building on two highly differentiated programmes that, in her view, embody everything Tenzing is about: winning together.  

Favourite Quote

To become a daring leader, take off the armour of perfectionism and jump into the fray of life. You might make mistakes in the process, but you’ll gain something valuable in exchange: the courage to succeed and lead.”

– Brené Brown, from Dare to Lead

Favourite Bakery

  • The Dusty Knuckle makes the best sourdough loaf & breakfast sandwich, the Egg Chilli Cheese, around. Pauline’s waited in the rain for this sandwich (…more than once)

Usual Podcast Rotation

Favourite Holiday

  • Thanksgiving. Pauline tries to go back to Florida to celebrate and be with family, and finds it’s a really wonderful way to kick off the winter holidays (i.e. extend the period of overindulging in food and social events)

She's usually talking about...

  • What she’s making for dinner 
  • Brené Brown
  • If she should get a Peloton
  • Which restaurant she wants to try next 
  • Spinning, and trying to entice others to join


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