Robert Covington is a Partner at RedBird Capital Partners, where he is responsible for investments in the Communications and Opportunistic sectors. 

Robert led RedBird’s investments in Compass Datacenters, N3, Majority Strategies, Avmont, Next Tier Connect and Constellation Affiliated Partners. He sits on the board of each company and is currently Chairman of the Board of Compass Datacenters. 

Robert has over 20 years of experience assisting entrepreneurs and families build their businesses with a specific focus in the Southern U.S. region. Before joining RedBird in 2014, Robert spent six years as a Managing Director of The Stephens Group, LLC, a private equity firm investing the capital of the Stephens family, one of America’s longest tenured private equity investors.

Prior to his time with The Stephens Group, Robert was a Partner at SSM Partners, a private equity firm focused on expansion stage technology, business services and consumer services companies. Before SSM, Robert was the Founder and CEO of Firstdoor, now part of Infor, where he built and directed a seventy-person organization that was one of the earliest “Software as a Service” business models. 

Robert received his B.S. in Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Washington and Lee University and his Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Yale University. He is a current member of YPO where he serves on the board.