Mark Gillett is a Managing Director and Head of Value Creation. He originally joined Silver Lake in 2009 to lead the value creation efforts of Silver Lake in Europe. He rejoined the firm in his current role in 2013 following a period serving as Chief Development and Chief Operating Officer of Skype Global S.à.r.l, a former portfolio company, and as a Corporate Vice President of Microsoft. At Skype and then at Microsoft, Gillett drove acceleration of Skype's growth strategy and led its integration following Microsoft's acquisition of the business. Mr Gillett also oversaw the broader growth of Microsoft's enterprise and consumer communications, cloud, software and services portfolio.
Mr. Gillett is based in Menlo Park, and previously worked in the firm's London office. He works closely with CEOs and their teams across the Silver Lake portfolio, serves on the board of directors for WP Engine and has previously served on the board of directors for Quorum Software and European Directories (the holding company for DTG, Fonecta and Herold).
Prior to Silver Lake, Mr. Gillett was a Managing Director and Partner leading the High Technology, Telecoms and Private Equity practice at Alvarez & Marsal ("A&M"). 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. He also led engagements with several leading private equity firms.
Mr. Gillett holds nine US and international patents in the fields of networking, communications and security and is a Member of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Member of the IT Service Management Forum.