Faton Gjuka

Faton Gjuka

Operating Partner

I am focused on driving growth across Sumeru’s global portfolio of companies with particular emphasis on Product and GTM (sales and marketing).

I am focused on driving growth across Sumeru’s global portfolio of companies with particular emphasis on Product and GTM (sales and marketing).

Q&A

What attributes do you admire most in an executive?

Great executives are great leaders. Integrity is sine qua non. Then there are a few key characteristics that I deeply admire: put people first, teach them how to think, not just how to do; pay attention to competition, but obsess over customers; and take joy in the achievement of people under them.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Skopje (Shkupi, Scupi, Uskup), North Macedonia. A city as old as times with an amazing congruence of cultures, languages, and empires (Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman). Mother Theresa (Gonxhe Bojaxhiu) and Byzantine Emperor, Justinian I, were born in Skopje too.

What is your favorite quote?

“As you think so shall you become” - Bruce Lee.
This quote always speaks to me about the power of the individual and free thinking can shape who we become and the destiny we want.

Portfolio Highlights

"Faton was the key operating principal at Sumeru Equity Partners who supported me as the CEO through a variety of key decisions and he was always available as a sounding board. He was particularly insightful and helpful on product strategy and our GTM operations. Over the course of the investment, we tripled revenue, created disruptive products, and expanded the organization which resulted in an acquisition for $391M by Bridgestone Americas in Sept 2021."

Ananth Rani, Azuga CEO

Biography

At Sumeru

  • Joined in 2018
  • Focused on driving growth across Sumeru's global portfolio with particular emphasis on Product and GTM. Building and leading teams; covering organizational design, process, and tools/technologies.

Prior Experience

  • LocateYourCare, Founder
  • C3.ai, Product Management & Sales
  • Bain, Management Consultant
  • GE, Commercial Leadership Program

Education

  • University of Toledo, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
  • University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, MBA