Adam Grosser has transitioned as of 2019 to a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake Kraftwerk. He joined Silver Lake in 2011 as the Group Head and Managing Director of Silver Lake Kraftwerk. He currently serves on the boards of Blue Danube Systems, Carbon, Friedola Tech, HYLA Mobile and Tintri. Mr. Grosser also previously served on the boards of Arroyo, EnerNoc, Conviva, Control4, GridIron Peribit, Sentient Energy, SiBeam, Silver Spring Networks, Transmedics, and the board of the National Venture Capital Association. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investor and operator in a broad array of technology companies. Prior to Silver Lake, Mr. Grosser was a General Partner at Foundation Capital where he helped to establish the firm’s technology investment practice. He has served as a Director of Calix Networks Inc. since May 2009, including through its public offering in 2010. He has been a lecturer at the UCLA School of Film and Television, a contributor to National Public Radio's Marketplace, and for the past three years a lecturer at Stanford University. Mr. Grosser holds B.A., M.S., and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University.
Masa is currently a Special Advisor who first started working with Silver Lake in 2013. Previously, 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 as an observer on 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.
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. Doug currently serves on the board of directors of ServiceMax. 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.
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