Giffen founded Synova in 2012 and served as its Chief Executive Officer through 2018. In 2016, he hired Christian Jacqui, who now serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Giffen has shifted his focus to FullCycle while he remains on the boards of Synova and its primary active subsidiaries. Giffen brings to FullCycle his prior 26-years of experience applying strategic and operational improvements to private equity investments.Immediately prior to starting Synova, Giffen served as an Operating Executive at Golden Gate Capital, where he first was introduced to Synova’s technology. Prior to Golden Gate, Giffen was a Senior Managing Director of Evercore CapitalPartners, Evercore Capital Partners II, L.P. and Evercore Partners Inc., where he worked in Evercore’s private equity group focusing on energy and other investments. He also spent six years with Bain & Company, where he advised management teams and investors in due diligence, portfolio management, and exit decisions. In 1993, he left Bain to lead the operational transformation of a private equity client's portfolio company, where he led operations and served as a core member of an executive team that delivered five years of 25% IRR before helping to organize a second management buyout that also delivered a 3x return. Giffen is a C.P.A. and is a member of the California Bar Association. He received a B.B.A., summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.