Andrew Helms

Washington DC - Baltimore · (678) 871-9870 ·

Logical, analytical, and objectively critical. I am a creative problem-solver/technical leader who strives to build robust, sustainable architectures that help organizations make data-driven decisions that are trusted and valued. Experienced leader with a proven track record of balancing people, process, and technology to improve organizational performance.


Chief Technology Officer

Värde Partners

Responsible for software engineering, data platforms & products, infrastructure and operations, and business architecture. Provide technology leadership, guiding architectural and design decisions. Responsible for the firm’s strategic use of data to continuously drive operational efficiencies, serve our investors, employees, and counterparties. Manage teams of onshore and offshore resources focused on development, design, configuration, unit testing, and systems integration.

March 2023 - Present

Chief Data Officer & Head of Engineering

Värde Partners

Responsible for all software builds at the firm inclusive of software engineering, data engineering, and platform engineering.

April 2018 - February 2023

Technical Lead

The Carlyle Group

Responsible for the technology strategy and vision for Carlyle’s Investment Solutions business segment, which offers Fund of Fund and Investment Management services to the marketplace. The Investment Solutions segment develops and manages investment products in Real Asset and Private Equity vehicles.

March 2014 - March 2018

Solutions Architect

The Carlyle Group

Managed a team of internal and external (on-shore and off-shore) data analysts, report developers, and systems administrators responsible for data and information management across the enterprise.

May 2010 - February 2014


Georgia State University - Robinson College of Business

Master of Business Administration
Computer Information Systems
August 2006 - May 2008

University of Kentucky

Bachelor of Business Administration
Decision Science & Information Systems
August 2000 - May 2002


Technology Leadership
  • Data Architecture, Data Engineering, Business Intelligence, Software Engineering
  • Strategic Thinking & Vision
  • Empathic Leader
  • Practical, pragmatic, & results oriented


Apart from being a CTO, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three active kids. I coach my kids' soccer teams and joke that my second full-time job is Uber driver for my kids who swim, play soccer, baseball, basketball, and run track.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading a mix of fiction and non-fiction. A recent favorite is Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. I also like exploring the latest technolgy advancements in the data, AI, and automation world.

Awards & Certifications

  • Värde Partners’ Finance, Technology, and Operations Growth Mindset Award
  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate
  • Amazon Web Services Cloud Practitioner
  • Snowflake SnowPro Core