Aaref Hilaly is a Partner at Wing where he helps technical founders build companies around their ideas. Prior to joining Wing in 2019, Aaref was a partner at Sequoia Capital for seven years. At Sequoia, Aaref served on the boards of several category-defining companies, including Clari, Guardant Health (NASDAQ: GH), Lightstep, MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL), Skyhigh Networks (acquired by McAffee), and ThousandEyes (acquired by Cisco).
Prior to joining Sequoia, Aaref was the CEO of Clearwell, a leading e-discovery software company, which he grew from a handful of engineers into a profitable company with over $100M in annual recurring revenue. In 2011, Symantec acquired Clearwell for $410M and Aaref became VP Engineering in Symantec’s information management group. Prior to that, Aaref was the Founder and CEO of CenterRun, a pioneer in datacenter automation, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems.
Earlier in his career, Aaref worked at The Boston Consulting Group and in the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master’s degree in economics from McGill University and a BA degree from Oxford University.