Team: Silver Lake Value Creation

Sureel Choksi

Operating Executive
Menlo Park
Value Creation

Sureel Choksi joined Silver Lake in 2013 and is an Operating Executive. He currently serves on the board of Vantage Data Centers, LLC. Prior to Silver Lake, Mr. Choksi was Chief Executive Officer of Elevation Data Centers, a private equity-backed data center roll-up. Previously, Mr. Choksi held several executive roles with Level 3 Communications, including Chief Marketing Officer, President of Wholesale Markets, Executive Vice President of Services, Chief Financial Officer, Group Vice President of Corporate Development and Treasurer. Before Level 3, Mr. Choksi worked in venture capital at TeleSoft Partners and investment banking at Gleacher & Company. Mr. Choksi received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School with concentrations in Finance, Accounting, and Entrepreneurial Management, and a B.A.S. from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

Pierre Gatta

Operating Executive
New York
Value Creation

Pierre Gatta joined Silver Lake in 2009 and is an Operating Executive. Mr. Gatta has experience as both an operating executive and a senior consultant. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Mr. Gatta was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, where he was one of the leaders of the European Telecom & Tech Practice, advising CEOs and senior executives of global corporations in the telecom and high-tech industries. Mr. Gatta led, in particular, several large-scale transformations in Europe, Asia, and Latin America around the development of digital content services and enterprise ICT services. Previously, Mr. Gatta worked for the enterprise division of Orange for eight years, as a key account manager first, and then leading Orange’s enterprise operations in Spain. Mr. Gatta is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and holds an M.S. in Telecommunications from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris.

Mark  Gillett

Managing Director and Head of Value Creation
London
Value Creation

Mark Gillett re-joined Silver Lake in 2013 after previously serving at the firm from 2009-2011. He is a Managing Director and Head of Value Creation. Prior to his return to Silver Lake, Mr. Gillett served as Chief Development Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Skype, the global communications platform, driving acceleration of the company's growth strategy and leading its integration following Microsoft's acquisition of the business in 2011.  Subsequently, as Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, he oversaw the growth of Microsoft's enterprise and consumer communications software and services portfolio, while continuing to lead product innovation and operations for Skype.

Prior to joining Skype, Mr. Gillett led value creation for Silver Lake in Europe. He joined the firm from Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), where he was a Managing Director and Partner leading the High Technology, Telecoms and Private Equity practice in Europe. At A&M, he specialized in restructuring and operational diligence, performance improvement and turnaround management of online, consumer and enterprise software and device businesses.  While at A&M, he served in interim leadership positions and advisory or operating roles including at Lehman Brothers Holdings International, ADT/Tyco (France), Navigon AG, and iSOFT plc. At A&M, he also led engagements with several leading private equity firms.
 
Mr. Gillett served as a non-executive director for European Directories, a local search and advertising group, through a restructuring, digital transition and sale of the business in 2013.
 
Mr. Gillett is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Member of the IT Service Management Forum.

Ajei Gopal

Operating Partner
New York
Value Creation

Ajei Gopal joined Silver Lake as an Operating Partner in 2013. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager in the IT Management Business Unit of HP Software, responsible for the product and technology portfolio as well as the overall success of the business. Before joining HP Software in 2011, Mr. Gopal was Executive Vice President of the Technology and Development Group at CA Technologies. Prior to that, he served as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President at Symantec Corporation. Mr. Gopal also co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of ReefEdge Networks, a wireless LAN systems company. Prior to that, he spent nine years at IBM in a variety of technology roles, including Chief Technology Officer for its Pervasive Computing Division. Mr. Gopal began his career as a member of the technical staff of Bell Communications Research’s Applied Research Division. Mr. Gopal is currently on the Board of Directors and a member of the audit and strategy committees for ANSYS Inc. He also served as a member of the Cloud Computing Steering Committee at the World Economic Forum between 2009 and 2011. He has been awarded twenty-three U.S. patents over the course of his career and is the author of numerous publications. Mr. Gopal holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and a doctorate degree in computer science from Cornell University.

Caimin Jones

Operating Executive
London
Value Creation

Caimin Jones joined Silver Lake in 2011 and is an Operating Executive. He has over 16 years of experience in both operational and advisory roles, with extensive cross-European experience in the automotive, energy, financial services, biotechnology, and technology sectors. Prior to Silver Lake, Mr. Jones was a Director in Alvarez & Marsal's Private Equity Performance Improvement Group in Europe, where he worked with a range of private equity sponsored businesses, typically related to operational turnarounds and carve outs, and managed the transitional services for Lehman Brothers Holdings in Europe. Prior to his service at Lehman, Mr. Jones worked for Marakon Associates, a boutique strategy consulting firm, where he worked on a number of large scale, growth oriented, turnaround projects in the financial services and pharmaceutical industries. Mr. Jones started his career as a software engineer in Ireland developing short messaging systems for mobile networks in Europe, United States, and Japan, and subsequently managed large-scale energy infrastructure projects at Siemens AG. Mr. Jones holds a B.E. in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick, Ireland, an M.B.A from IMD Business School in Switzerland and an L.L.B from the Open University in the UK.

Jeff Kimbell

Operating Executive
Menlo Park
Value Creation

Jeff Kimbell joined Silver Lake in 2013 and is an Operating Executive.  Prior to Silver Lake, Mr. Kimbell worked at Cerberus Capital where he led performance improvement and restructuring projects at several portfolio companies.  He has led organizational restructuring of sales and marketing teams, sales productivity improvement projects, developed revenue growth plans and initiatives, and created annual operating plans.  Mr. Kimbell has also supported numerous due diligence efforts over the past five years.  In addition, Jeff served as the interim Senior Vice President of Sales Operations for a Europe-based point-of-sale software company and the Senior Vice President of Sales Transformation for a U.S. based digital local advertising firm. 
 
Prior to Cerberus, Mr. Kimbell held executive positions at EMC and Dell.  At EMC, he was Vice President of Corporate Strategy, responsible for integrating growth plans across business units. While at Dell, Mr. Kimbell served as the VP of EMEA Marketing and was on the European Management Team.  In this role, he was responsible for leading all marketing functions as well as the product teams for the EMEA commercial (B2B) business.   Previously, Mr. Kimbell was Director of Business Development for Transamerica, a strategy consultant for Bain & Company, and he started his career at Procter & Gamble.
 
Mr. Kimbell received a B.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Kansas State University, and an M.B.A from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Tezira Nabongo

Vice President - Talent Management
Menlo Park
Value Creation

Tezira Nabongo joined Silver Lake in 2012 and is Vice President - Talent Management. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Ms. Nabongo was the Director of Global Senior Talent Acquisition at Cisco Systems where she led global VP to C-Suite level external hiring, internal mobility, and strategic sourcing. Prior to Cisco Systems, she was an executive search consultant in the Software and Technology Practices of Heidrick & Struggles. Ms. Nabongo holds an A.B. in Legal Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and J.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Southern California.

Serene Nah

Senior Operating Executive
Hong Kong
Value Creation

Serene Nah joined Silver Lake in 2011 and is a Senior Operating Executive. Previously, Ms. Nah was CFO of GE Capital Greater China, where she was the key executive in charge of finance, treasury, and tax operations. She also worked with the management team to revamp strategy and worked on forging joint ventures and business development opportunities with large state-owned enterprises. Ms. Nah worked for GE in various business units for 10 years on a management fast track, in which, she spent 4 years on the Corporate Audit Staff (CAS), covering financial, process, compliance audits, and M&A work in Europe, the US, and Asia. Ms. Nah has a strong background in internal audit, financial reporting, FP&A, financial systems, and financial strategy and has spent the last 4 years focusing on operations in China and the rest of Asia. Ms. Nah holds an Executive M.B.A from Kellogg- HKUST and a B.S. degree from Nanyang Business School at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Jeff Schneble

Associate
Menlo Park
Value Creation

Jeff Schneble joined Silver Lake in 2011 and is an Associate. Dr. Schneble has over 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship and technology development. Dr. Schneble was a founding member of the semiconductor consulting practice at Keystone Strategy, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies in the United States and opened the firm's office in the Middle East. Dr. Schneble has also founded three start-up companies, starting his first company while a senior in high school. More recently, Dr. Schneble has founded and raised seed funding for two high-tech start-ups, one focused on bioinformatics and one focused on applying machine learning to content filtering on the internet. As a technologist, Dr. Schneble has performed Ph.D. research on new forms of computing using advanced semiconductor devices. Dr. Schneble has published numerous articles on semiconductors and technology in peer-reviewed journals, and has also contributed to books on management, finance, and energy. Dr. Schneble holds a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Washington, a Ph.D. in Semiconductor Physics from the University of Cambridge, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

George Tee

Operating Executive
Hong Kong
Value Creation

George Tee joined Silver Lake in 2014 and is an Operating Executive. Mr. Tee has over 17 years of experience in information technology, operations and process management. Prior to Silver Lake, Mr. Tee was the VP of Management Systems and Business Process at Allyes Holding, a leading digital marketing service and technology provider in China, where he was responsible for enhancing its management process and platform. Before Allyes, Mr. Tee worked for GE in various locations for 14 years and held several key leadership positions, including CIO of GE Corporate Asia, where he led a team to service the GE units in the region, and COO of GE Capital Greater China, where he ran a major retail card operation and system for a national bank partner in China and steered the information technology and operation strategy for a joint venture with a state-owned enterprise. Mr. Tee has also worked for McKinsey & Company in Singapore. Mr. Tee graduated with honors from The University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Engineering. He is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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 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 at Accel Partners, an early stage venture capital firm. He was previously a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for 13 years and served as the Managing Partner from 1995 until 2000. Earlier in his career, Mr. Austin was a partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, 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 serves on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations, including Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) and 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 UN 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.

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.

Miles Flint

Senior Advisor
Europe
Value Creation

Miles Flint has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2008. He previously served as the chairman of Skype and the President of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. During his time with Sony Ericsson, sales doubled, profits tripled, and Sony Ericsson migrated from its position as a niche provider of mobile phones to a supplier of a full portfolio of products in the global market. Mr. Flint also had presided over the successful launch of the Walkman™ and Cyber-Shot® brand of phones. Prior to joining Sony Ericsson, he was President of European Marketing at Sony Europe while concurrently holding the position of Managing Director of Sony United Kingdom Limited. Before joining Sony in 1991, Mr. Flint held a series of marketing and product development roles in the fields of computing and telecommunications, first at ICL and then at STC following the merger of the two companies. Mr. Flint is a graduate of London University and holds an M.B.A. from the Cranfield School of Management in the United Kingdom.

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.

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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