Team: Silver Lake Advisors

Nikesh Arora

Senior Advisor
United States
Value Creation

Nikesh Arora has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2007. He is the Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp. and CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc.  He left Google in July 2014 resigning from the post of Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer. Previously, he was Chief Marketing Officer and member of the Management board of T-Mobile. Prior to that, he worked at Deutsche Telekom, where he founded T-Motion PLC, a mobile multimedia subsidiary of T-Mobile International. Earlier in his career, Mr. Arora was part of the asset management team at Putnam Investments focusing on the technology and telecom industries on a global basis and held a finance and technology management position at Fidelity Investments. In July 2007, Mr. Arora was appointed to the board of Aviva PLC as an independent non-executive director. He is also a Patron of the NSPCC Stop Organised Abuse Board. Mr. Arora holds an M.B.A. from Northeastern University, an M.S. in Finance from Boston College and Bachelor of Technology from IT-BHU India.

Alan Austin

Senior Advisor
United States
Value Creation

Alan Austin joined Silver Lake as a Managing Director and COO in 2003 and has been a Senior Advisor since 2014. He has extensive experience as an attorney specializing in corporate and securities work and also as a leader of professional service organizations.

 

Prior to joining Silver Lake, Mr. Austin was a General Partner and COO at Accel Partners, an early stage venture capital firm. He was previously a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC for 13 years and served as Managing Partner from 1995 until 2000. Earlier in his career, Mr. Austin was a partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he practiced for 12 years and chaired the Corporate Department. In 1974 and 1975, Mr. Austin served as a law clerk to Justice William O. Douglas on the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

He has served on the boards of directors of numerous non-profit organizations and is presently the board chair of Peninsula Bridge. He has served on the boards of a number of for-profit companies including Instinet, Inc. and Yodlee, Inc., and he also served on the Private Equity Steering Committee of the United Nations Global Compact on Principles of Responsible Investing. Mr. Austin holds an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

John Chen

Special Advisor
United States
Value Creation

John Chen has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2012. Mr. Chen is currently Interim Chief Executive Officer for BlackBerry and Executive Chair of the company's board of directors. Prior to joining Silver Lake Mr. Chen served as the Chairman and CEO of Sybase Inc., beginning in 1998. Under Mr. Chen’s leadership, Sybase was transformed from a mature technology company into a high-growth innovator that was acquired by SAP AG in 2010. Prior to Sybase, Mr. Chen held a series of executive positions at Siemens AG, Pyramid Technology Corp., and Burroughs Corp. He started his career as a design engineer with Unisys Corp.

 

Mr. Chen serves on the board of directors for the Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo & Co. He has also served on the board of the CIT Group Inc. and as a member of the New York Stock Exchange’s listing advisory committee as well as the boards of several high-tech startups, including Beyond.com, Niku Corporation, Wafer Technology, and Turbolinux US.

 

Mr. Chen is actively involved in international relations. He has testified before Congress on U.S.-China trade relations. In 2005, President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the President's Export Council. In 2006, he was appointed as a Co-Chair of the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee. Additionally, Mr. Chen chaired the U.S.-China Policy Advisory Roundtable for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Forbes magazine recognized Mr. Chen one of the Top 25 Notable Chinese-Americans in Business. In recognition of his leadership in building U.S.-Asia relations, Mr. Chen has received awards from the US-Asia Institute, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, and the California-Asia Business Council. For his corporate board work, he has been honored by the U.S.-Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.

 

Mr. Chen is active in the not-for-profit community. He is a trustee of Caltech, a board member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a national trustee of The First Tee, a governor of the San Francisco Symphony, and a longtime member of the Committee of 100 who served as its Chairman from 2009 to 2011.

 

Mr. Chen graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and was later awarded the Brown Engineering Alumni Medal. He also holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Mr. Chen holds an honorary professorship from Shanghai University and honorary doctorates from San Jose State University, City University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Yuda Doron

Senior Advisor
Israel
Sumeru

Yuda Doron has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2010 focused on the firm's middle market strategy, Silver Lake Sumeru. He is the Senior Advisor for Israel. Mr. Doron has over 20 years of experience working with technology companies, helping to guide them from their inception through each stage of development, including capital raising, operations, competitive strategy, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Doron was an angel investor and strategy consultant who helped facilitate the sale of Bristol Technology to HP, as well as the sale of Appilog to Mercury Interactive. He also developed and implemented an operational plan to stabilize costs at Enterasys Networks. Previously, he managed the domestic sales channel at Computer Associates and held senior positions at Cheyenne Software, Cheyenne Communications, and Texas Instruments. Mr. Doron is also the founder of Texel, a software and integration company which was sold to Elco International. He is a veteran Israeli Navy commander and received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Tel Aviv.

Guy Dubois

Senior Advisor
Europe
Value Creation

Guy Dubois has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2013 following three decades of experience in the software industry. He previously served as CEO of Temenos, a global banking software provider. Before joining Temenos, Mr. Dubois was President and CEO of MACH Group, a hub-based mobile communications firm. He previously served as Executive Vice President and head of the global products division of Amdocs, a provider of software and services for the communications, media, and entertainment industries. Mr. Dubois joined Amdocs following its acquisition of Cramer Systems, a software company he joined in 2005 as President and CEO and led through its sale to Amdocs. Previously, he was Executive Vice President at PeopleSoft Corporation, where he led overall strategy, business development, and execution for company activity outside of North America. Mr. Dubois has also held senior positions with Vantive, Sybase, and Digital Equipment Corporation. He currently serves on the board of directors for Guidewire, Temenos Group AG, MACH S.a.r.l, and InfoVista S.A.  He is chairman of NewVoiceMedia Ltd. and serves on its board of directors. Mr. Dubois holds a Master’s degree in science and technology from Lille University in France, an engineering diploma, and is a graduate of the Lille University Business Management School.

Hidetaka Fukuda

Special Advisor
Japan
Value Creation

Hidetaka Fukuda has been a Special Advisor to Silver Lake since 2008. He has over 25 years of experience with Japan’s most important technology companies and Japanese industrial policy. Mr. Fukuda joined Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) in 1981 and was responsible for technology and industrial policy for strategic industries including semiconductors, electronics, telecommunication equipment, and flat panel displays. In 2006, following his departure from METI and prior to joining Silver Lake, Mr. Fukuda launched e-conservo, a consulting firm. As a Special Advisor, Mr. Fukuda is an important member of Silver Lake’s team in Asia, participating in and providing counsel on a full range of business development, professional networking, investment analysis, and value creation activities.

Charles Giancarlo

Senior Advisor
United States
Value Creation

Charles Giancarlo joined Silver Lake in 2007 and has been a Senior Advisor since 2014. Mr. Giancarlo has over 25 years of experience in the communications industry. Mr. Giancarlo was interim CEO of Avaya in 2008 and is currently chairman of the board. Mr. Giancarlo serves on the board of Vantage and previously served on the boards of Skype and Mercury Payment Systems. He also currently serves on the board of Accenture. A senior executive at Cisco Systems from 1993-2007, Mr. Giancarlo most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Cisco and President of Cisco-Linksys, leading the company’s overall product operating activities. As Chief Development Officer, Mr. Giancarlo directed the activities of half of Cisco’s employees, and was directly responsible for Cisco’s expansion into a large number of new markets and technologies. His first position at Cisco was Vice President of Business Development, where he developed Cisco’s merger and acquisition strategy and practice. Prior to Cisco, Mr. Giancarlo founded or was an early executive in several successful startups including Kalpana, the inventor of the Ethernet Switch, which was later sold to Cisco. Mr. Giancarlo holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Mr. Giancarlo currently serves on the advisory board for the UC Berkeley School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and is a trustee of Brown University.

Dave Habiger

Senior Advisor
United States
Value Creation

Dave Habiger has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2013. He is the former CEO of the NDS Group, a leading provider of technology solutions for the digital pay-TV industry, which was acquired by Cisco in 2012 for $5 billion. Mr. Habiger also served as CEO at Sonic Solutions, a digital media software provider, where he was a leader in the industry transformation from DVDs to the distribution of film and television content via the Internet. Prior to Sonic Solutions he founded Providence Productions, a media production company. Mr. Habiger was named 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year by the American Business Defense and Advisory Council and in 2011 was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He regularly appears as an industry expert on major media outlets including CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg TV. Mr. Habiger is a director on numerous public and private boards, including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Center for Corporate Innovation, and the Advisory Board of the University of Chicago. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Norbert College and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Kurt Lauk

Special Advisor
Europe
Value Creation

Dr. Kurt J. Lauk has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2004. He was previously a member of the board of management of Daimler-Chrysler AG. During his tenure at Daimler-Chrysler, Dr. Lauk had senior management roles in, and ultimately was responsible for, the global Commercial Vehicle Division, with annual sales in excess of $30 billion. From 1992 to 1996, Dr. Lauk was CFO of Veba AG (today E.on), a large, publicly listed energy conglomerate with revenues in excess of $35 billion. In this capacity, he was part of a team streamlining the immense business portfolio of the company and served as the management board member with IT responsibilities. Earlier, Dr. Lauk was vice chairman and CFO of Audi AG (from 1989 to 1992), the publicly listed passenger car unit of Volkswagen AG, where he also headed marketing for the Audi brand and was responsible for IT. Dr. Lauk received an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Kiel.

David Lee

Senior Advisor
United States
Value Creation

David Lee has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2007. He has over 40 years experience in the telecommunication and computer industries. Mr. Lee is a director of eOn Communications Corporation, Linear Technology Corporation, and Vizio Inc. He most recently served a 12 year term as Regent for the University of California where he was Chair of the Investments Committee. Earlier, Mr. Lee co-founded Qume Corporation in 1973 and served as Executive Vice President until it was acquired by ITT Corporation in 1978. After the acquisition, Mr. Lee held the positions of Executive Vice President of ITT Qume until 1981, and President through 1983. From 1983 to 1985, he served as a Vice President of ITT and as Group Executive and Chairman of its Business Information Systems Group. In 1985, he became President and Chairman of Data Technology Corporation and in 1988, Data Technology Corporation bought Qume and merged both companies. Through Mr. Lee’s extensive business dealings both in the U.S. and overseas, he has cultivated many strong business ties in Asia, especially China. Born in China, Mr. Lee holds an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering and B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University and a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University.

Mark Lewis

Senior Advisor
United States
Value Creation

Mark Lewis has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2012. He has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry focused primarily in the software and storage technology sectors. As a senior executive for EMC from 2002-2012, Mr. Lewis served in multiple capacities including CTO, Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Development Officer, and EVP/GM of EMC Software. During his tenure as CDO/CTO, he formed EMC’s Technology Ventures Group, the EMC Innovation Network, opened new engineering centers of excellence in India and China, and led EMC’s security initiative. Mr. Lewis helped to orchestrate over 31 acquisitions for EMC, transforming EMC's business model from a systems-focused provider to a primarily software and services-based company. Mr. Lewis started his career at Digital Equipment Corporation and held a variety of engineering and management positions in the storage division. Mr. Lewis ultimately became the VP and GM of the Storage Division at Compaq Computer, leading the world’s 2nd largest storage organization behind EMC. Mr. Lewis holds eight U.S. patents in storage technology. He currently serves on the boards of Riverbed Systems and Contrail Systems and is the co-founder of TekRocket LLC, an angel investing, incubation, and strategic consulting firm. Mr. Lewis graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Masato Marumo

Senior Advisor and Representative
Japan
Value Creation

Masato Marumo has been a Senior Advisor and Representative for Japan to Silver Lake since 2013. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Mr. Marumo was a Managing Director at Lazard, where he focused on cross-border transactions in the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors as well as the Power and Energy sectors.

Prior to Lazard, Mr. Marumo was a global partner at The Carlyle Group, where he was responsible for deal sourcing and value creation for companies in the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors. During his 10 years at Carlyle, Mr. Marumo helped the firm build its presence in Japan, raise two buyout funds and consummate a range of investments and acquisitions, in addition to serving on the boards of Willcom and Covalent Materials and an observer of the board of eAccess.

Prior to Carlyle, Mr. Marumo held various advisory roles for large Japanese conglomerates in the Structured Finance group and Credit Risk Management group at the Industrial Bank of Japan, now Mizuho Bank, and was the founding member of the Private Equity department at the bank.

Mr. Marumo holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Law from Keio University.

Jason Rosenthal

Senior Advisor
United States
Value Creation

Jason Rosenthal has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2012. Previously he served as Executive Vice President of Products at Glam Media, where he oversaw product strategy, product marketing, and business development. He joined Glam Media through the company's acquisition of Ning Inc., where he was the CEO. As the CEO of Ning, Mr. Rosenthal led a highly successful transition to a subscription-based business model that increased Ning's paying customers from 17,000 to more than 100,000 in just over a year. Prior to Ning, Mr. Rosenthal was Vice President of Hewlett Packard Software's Business Service Automation product line, the fastest growing business within HP, through its $1.65 billion acquisition of Opsware, which he joined as the first employee in 1999. As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Opsware's Server Automation Products, Mr. Rosenthal led all aspects of product development, marketing, and engineering for the company's flagship product line that generated $150 million in annual revenue. Before Opsware and Loudcloud (Opsware's predecessor company), Mr. Rosenthal served as Director of Product Management for America Online's E-commerce Platform Division through AOL's $4.2 billion acquisition of Netscape. Mr. Rosenthal holds a B.A. in history from Pomona College, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees, and received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Young Sohn

Senior Advisor
United States
Value Creation

Young Sohn has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2012. Mr. Sohn is currently the President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics. Previously, Mr. Sohn served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Inphi Corporation from July 2007 to February 2012, during which he led Inphi through a successful IPO in 2010. Prior to joining Inphi, Mr. Sohn served as President of Agilent Technologies, Inc.’s Semiconductor Group, which is now Avago Technologies. Prior to Agilent, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Oak Technology, Inc., a semiconductor company, from 1999 until it was acquired by Zoran Corporation in August 2003. Prior to Oak, Mr. Sohn worked as Co-President of Quantum Corporation, a data storage solution products manufacturer, from 1993 to 1999. He began his career at Intel Corporation beginning in 1983 until 1993. Mr. Sohn was an advisor to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab’s OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) program from 2005 to 2007 and serves on the MIT Sloan School Board. He was the past President and Chairman of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA). He currently serves on the board of directors for ARM (Chairman of Asia Pacific Advisory) and Cymer, Inc. Mr. Sohn holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Eiji Umeda

Advisor
Japan
Value Creation

Eiji Umeda has been an Advisor to Silver Lake since 2014. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Mr. Umeda worked at Innovation Network Corporation of Japan on cross-border investments in the technology and manufacturing sectors. Previously, Mr. Umeda was with Unison Capital where he focused on mid-cap leveraged buyouts across industries ranging from consumer and retail to technology. Prior to Unison Capital, Mr. Umeda served as an official in the Ministry of Finance for the Japanese Government. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an LL.B in Law from the University of Tokyo.

Paul Wang

Senior Advisor
Asia
Value Creation

Paul P. Wang has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2013. He brings more than forty years of experience in the technology and venture capital industries. Previously, he was a Managing General Partner at Pacific Venture Partners, a firm he founded in 1990. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Sercomm Corporation, a publicly-listed wireless and telecom equipment company.  He also serves as a board member of several public companies, including MediaTek Inc., MiTAC Inc., and Taiwan Cement Company Ltd., and is currently Chairman of the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association in Taiwan, an organization of global Chinese technology companies and entrepreneurs. Mr. Wang served as Chairman of the Taiwan Venture Capital Association from 1997-2005 and Technology Advisor to the Executive Yuan, the executive branch of the Taiwan government, from 1983-1989. Prior to Pacific Venture Partners, Mr. Yang held a number of senior management positions during a 20-year career at IBM. Mr. Wang holds a Ph.D and an M.S. degree in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. degree in Physics from National Taiwan University.

Silver Lake’s Senior Advisors and Special Advisors, while not employees, members, personnel, or affiliates of Silver Lake, are independent leading professionals who have a strategic relationship with Silver Lake and provide valuable advice and services to Silver Lake and its portfolio companies. The insights and benefits provided to portfolio companies by Silver Lake’s Senior Advisors and Special Advisors complement the efforts of Silver Lake’s Value Creation Team.


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