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Adam Grosser
Senior Advisor to Kraftwerk
United States

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.

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.

Dan Marlo
Senior Advisor to Waterman
United States
Dan Marlo has been a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake Waterman since 2018. He currently serves as Operating and Venture Partner and Investment Committee Member of 4DX Ventures, a venture fund focused on emerging technology-enabled businesses in Africa. Mr. Marlo previously served as the Founder and CEO of Unidos Financial Services, a provider of global financial services products. Prior to Unidos, he held executive positions at Epana Networks, a telecommunications and marketing company, and practiced law at Gunderson Dettmer in Menlo Park and New York. Mr. Marlo earned a B.A. in Economics and English from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
Masato Marumo
Special Advisor

Masa is currently a Senior 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
Senior Advisor
United States
Value Creation

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
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.

Seth Waugh
Senior Advisor
United States
Value Creation
Seth Waugh began serving as a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake in 2017. After a period in 2018 as a Managing Director, he has returned to the role of Senior Advisor to the Firm. In August 2018 the PGA of America appointed him as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Waugh became Non-Executive Chairman‎ of Alex. Brown following the sale of Deutsche Bank’s Private Client Services division to Raymond James in 2016. He joined Deutsche Bank in 2000 and served as CEO of Deutsche Bank Americas from 2003 until his retirement in 2013. He served as Chairman of the Deutsche Bank Americas Advisory Board until 2016. Previously he served as co-head of the Global Markets division at Merrill Lynch, where he worked for 11 years. Earlier in his career, he ran the Corporate Bond desk at Salomon Brothers and traded corporate bonds at First Boston. Mr. Waugh serves on the board of Franklin Templeton Advisors. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Workday, Inc. Mr. Waugh served on the FINRA Board of Governors until 2015.  He is also a Trustee Emeritus of the Lawrenceville School and served as its President from 2009-2013. Mr. Waugh earned a B.A. in Economics and English at Amherst College.

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.