Meet the team

Todd Gibby

Todd Gibby is the founder of Lock 8 Partners. He is a seasoned software executive, with a passion for great teams and operating excellence. Over his 20-year software career, Todd has helped grow five SaaS businesses by putting people first, keeping things simple, and focusing on values, processes, and results.

Prior to founding Lock 8, Todd has held a wide range of leadership and operating roles. From 2017 until its acquisition by Sphera in 2019, Todd served as the Executive Chairman of SiteHawk, a SaaS environmental safety solution for managing chemical data. Previously, he was the CEO of BoardEffect, a leading governance platform supporting the work of boards of directors. Starting in 2014, Todd led BoardEffect’s rapid and profitable growth, which resulted in its acquisition by Diligent Corporation in late 2016. Prior to BoardEffect, Todd was the president of Hobsons' higher education business in the US and Europe. He joined Hobsons through the acquisition of Intelliworks, where he served as CEO from 2007 to 2011. Previously, Todd held numerous executive leadership positions at Blackboard from 1999 through 2006, including EVP of Operations, SVP of Sales, and General Manager of Learning Systems. Todd played an instrumental role in Blackboard's trajectory from early-stage start-up to the recognized global leader in e-Learning software and successful IPO in 2004. Prior to Blackboard, Todd held roles in strategic planning and financial analysis.

Todd serves on the board of directors of Dartmouth College's Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures and was a member of the Washington DC Chapter of YPO from 2014 to 2019. Todd attended Dartmouth College and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives near Washington DC with his wife, two children, and black lab, Bandit. The whole Gibby family loves traveling, cooking, spending time outdoors, and cheering on the Caps and Nats.

Katherine Feeney

Katherine Feeney leads investing activities at Lock 8 Partners. She has over a decade of experience in consulting across a range of industries and has conducted due diligence on more than twenty-five deals across the course of her career. Most recently, Katherine was running her firm Beckett Square, providing outsourced commercial due diligence services to private equity funds ranging from $40M AUM to $40B AUM. Prior to Beckett Square, Katherine was with Bain & Company, where her projects included strategy, operating model design, post-merger integration, and capital and cash management, among others. She has extensive experience in Bain's private equity group as both a consultant and team leader. Katherine began her career in the education and impact investing sectors, with a concentration in business and finance issues at postsecondary institutions.

Katherine has her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was named to the Director's List, served as the Investment Director for Wharton Impact Investing Partners, and was a Follies writer. She received her undergraduate degrees in English and Studio Art from the University of Virginia. In her free time, Katherine serves on the board of 826DC, a nonprofit dedicated to writing skills development for public school students. She is an avid traveler (40 countries and counting) and yoga practitioner and teacher.

Christine Tanabe

Christine Tanabe leads Lock 8’s engagement with its portfolio companies. She is a strategy and execution-focused leader, committed to building strong teams and enabling their success. With a focus on go-to-market discipline and sales enablement, Christine enjoys collaborating with diverse stakeholders across the Lock 8 portfolio of companies.

Prior to joining Lock 8, Christine held a variety of marketing, strategic planning, and operations roles at high-growth B2B SaaS businesses, including BoardEffect, Diligent Corporation, and SiteHawk. Through these experiences and various consulting engagements, Christine played a key role in developing, executing, and honing the Lock 8 operating model and framework.

Christine holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wittenberg University where she studied Mandarin Chinese and travelled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia. She is also a graduate of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s Center for Public and Non-Profit Leadership at Georgetown University. She is a New York Botanical Garden-certified Landscape Designer and serves as Board Chair of a 6,000-acre nature preserve and intentional community, which embodies a strong commitment to servant leadership and land conservation, where her leadership focus is on strategic planning, physical plant stewardship, risk management, and governance.