Kingdom Ridge Capital is a White Plains, New York-based hedge fund, and an SEC-Registered investment advisor. Since commencing operations in the spring of 2008, they have focused on public equities in the technology sector.
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Kingdom Ridge Capital was founded by Christopher F. Zepf and co-founder Brian D. Thonn. Chris Zepf is the Managing Principal and Portfolio Manager. Brian Thonn is also a Principal, serves as its Director of Research, and also covers certain enterprise hardware stocks. The third member of the Kingdom Ridge Executive Team is Mike Manley, who is the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and the Chief Compliance Officer.