Theodore Kuh – Founder

Theodore (“Ted”) has more than three decades of strategic and financial advisory experience working with high-growth, visionary companies. In 2016 he established Ultima Partners to assist Founders and CEOs of startups  in establishing leading transformative companies.  He is an investor and currently serves as a Board member, Advisory Board member, and Advisor to CEOs at a number of high growth companies.  As a former senior investment banker who specialized in the Consumer and Retail industries, Ted has worked extensively with CEOs of leading multinational companies and with Founders of high growth companies.  

Since 2013 he has been actively working with startups.   Previously, Ted spent 24 years working as an investment banker at Citi, Salomon Brothers, and Merrill Lynch where he specialized in the Retail and Consumer industries, including 10 years internationally (London and Hong Kong).  He was Citi’s Global Head of Retail Industry coverage.  In 2012 he joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business where he has taught finance classes to MBAs. 

Ted graduated from University of California Berkeley.  He then worked at Coopers & Lybrand where he received his CPA before attending The University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School where he received his MBA. 

Ted is known for his clear strategic thinking and his ability to see the big picture.  He has enjoyed working as a partner to a diverse group of Founders and CEOs who have been successful in scaling their businesses.  Ted has always taken pride in mentoring entrepreneurs, finance professionals and students.

Advisor Network

Ultima Partners has an extensive advisor network that includes the Founders and CEOs of portfolio companies, senior executives from major US and international consumer and retail companies, and partners at venture capital and private equity firms.