Symmetric Capital

Daniel K. Doyle
Managing Partner


Dan has over twenty-five years of experience in private equity and investment banking. He has served on the boards of more than twenty growth companies across North America in a broad range of industries, including business and financial services, industrial and consumer products, distribution, and software-as-a-service. Dan co-founded Symmetric Capital in 2007 and co-manages the day-to-day operations and investment activities of the firm.

Dan is currently a director of Gryphon Networks. His prior investments and directorships include Academic Management Services (acquired by UICI), Acurex (acquired by BE Aerospace), Air Serv (acquired by ABM Industries), APPRO Systems (acquired by Equifax), Astech (acquired by GKN Aerospace),  BioRx (acquired by Diplomat Pharmacy), CBS Payroll (acquired by Intuit), CIDCO (Nasdaq: CDCO; acquired by EarthLink), Complete Innovations (acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners), First Marketing (acquired by Taylor Corporation), P&H Solutions – where he was Chairman and interim CEO (acquired by Transaction Systems Architects, now ACI Worldwide), Pacer Electronics (acquired by Anixter), Poorman-Douglas (acquired by Epiq Systems), and (acquired by Lycos). He is also a past director of the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA).

Prior to co-founding Symmetric, Dan was a Managing Partner at Shawmut Capital, a Boston-based private equity fund focused on profitable growth companies in the financial and business services sectors. He co-founded Shawmut Capital in 1997 with Joel Alvord, the former Chairman of Shawmut Bank and of its acquirer, Fleet Financial. Dan was responsible for all aspects of the formation and building of the firm and led the partnership's investment activities.

Beginning his private equity career in 1990 at Summit Partners in Boston, Dan helped establish the firm's growth buyout and recapitalization group. His investments at Summit included expansion equity financings, shareholder liquidity recapitalizations, and leveraged acquisitions of divisions of larger entities.

Prior to joining Summit, Dan was an Analyst in the Technology M&A Group at Alex. Brown & Sons, a Baltimore firm specializing in investment banking services for growth companies.

A graduate of Harvard College, where he received an A.B. in Economics, Dan is married and has two sons. While his main interest outside of work is spending time with his family, he has been known to attend more than his fair share of Boston-related sporting events.