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Clough Managing
General Partner

Meet Phil

Phil loves working side-by-side with growth companies, helping them to deliver strong growth. And having been a CEO himself, he truly understands both the opportunities and challenges faced by the executives with whom he works.


As one of two managing general partners at ABS Capital, Phil helps set the direction of the firm by managing the investment process, working with our investment professionals, and raising capital for our funds. This is, of course, in addition to leading the firm’s business and tech-enabled services investment efforts. Phil is a true collaborator, helping CEOs clearly articulate their goals and priorities — and ensuring the right talent, incentive programs, and measurement systems are in place to meet them. Phil continues to be excited by growth companies that are shifting paradigms and changing their industries. Phil is also a trustee for The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, as well as a member of YPO Gold.


Prior to joining ABS Capital in 2001, Phil was the president and CEO of SITEL Corporation. While at SITEL, Phil grew both revenues and EPS significantly, managing operations in 19 countries and serving major corporate clients such as GM, America Online, Capital One, and Microsoft. Most importantly, he learned the value of setting and clearly articulating goals and priorities, including regularly measuring against them, something with which he routinely helps his companies today.

From 1990 to 1997, he was in the Investment Banking Group at Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated, leading their business services efforts, where he advised clients on M&A transactions, as well as equity and debt offerings. He served in the United States Army from 1983 to 1988, rising to the rank of Captain in 1987.


  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • University of Virginia Darden School of Business Administration

Board Affiliations

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Alula: IoT Award

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ipDatatel and Resolution Products Now Operate as Alula

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ABS Capital Portfolio Company Liquid Environmental Solutions is Acquired by Audax Private Equity

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