Nikesh Arora has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2007. He is the former President and COO of SoftBank Corp., CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Yahoo Japan Corp. He was previously Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Google. 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 a B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) in Varanasi.
Bob Calderoni became a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake in 2015. He is Executive Chairman of the board of directors of Citrix and was previously interim CEO, and is also a member of the boards of Juniper Networks and KLA Tencor. Mr. Calderoni previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ariba, Inc., from 2001 until it was sold to SAP in October 2012. Following the acquisition, Mr. Calderoni remained CEO of Ariba between 2012 and 2014. Prior to joining Ariba, Mr. Calderoni served as CFO at Avery Dennison Corporation, Senior Vice President of Finance at Apple, and Vice President of Finance at IBM. Mr. Calderoni holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Fordham University.
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.
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.
Jason Rosenthal was appointed a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake in 2012. He later became an Operating Executive at Silver Lake and returned to his role as a Senior Advisor in 2013. 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.
Doug Smith has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake since 2016. He is Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Anaplan, a cloud-based business modeling and planning platform for sales, operations and finance. Previously, he was Global Chief Operating Officer of Capco. Prior to Capco, Mr. Smith served as an Operating Partner with Symphony Technology Group. Earlier in his career, he held positions including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mercury Interactive, co-head of the software practice at Hambrecht & Quist, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Computervision, where he led the industry’s first $1 billion software buyout. Mr. Smith holds an M.A. in International Relations and Affairs from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in Economics from Union College.
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 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 Advisors, while not employees, members, personnel or affiliates of Silver Lake, are independent professionals who provide valuable advice, services and insights to Silver Lake and its portfolio companies. With extensive industry knowledge and leadership experience, Silver Lake Advisors share subject matter expertise, evaluate market trends and help identify strategic opportunities for Silver Lake.