Keith Giarman serves as Global Leader of the Private Equity Practice in the firm’s San Francisco, CA and New York, NY offices. He is also part of the firm's Advanced Technology, Financial Services, Board & CEO, and CFO practice groups. Mr. Giarman typically focuses on search assignments in portfolio companies from $5 to $100 million in EBITDA where the investors are seeking growth, profitability and liquidity. Working closely with top funds around the country, Mr. Giarman has successfully executed multiple C level assignments inside portfolio companies, including CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CIOs and others across industry. He has also completed internal fund assignments, including General Partners, Operating Partners (and related portfolio support roles), Executives-in-Residence (sourcing deals), as well as sales / IR and marketing professionals.
Mr. Giarman has worked extensively with investors in prior operating roles in companies at various stages of growth, most recently as President and CEO of Clarus Systems (acquired by OpNet), where he raised more than $20 million to launch the company. He has also been involved in several other start-up and PE sponsored companies, including IAsia Works (IPO), NightFire (acquired by Neustar), Cygent (acquired by Convergys) and Sintec (acquired by Riverwood Capital).
Prior to his executive level experience in Silicon Valley, Mr. Giarman was Vice President of Sales, Service, and Marketing at Citizens Communications (NYSE: CZN), today a $3 billion full-service communications carrier that was merged with Frontier. He was one of 5 executives on the senior leadership team and was responsible for an organization consisting of 800 employees, $1 billion in revenue, and $200 million in operating income.
Mr. Giarman earned his BA at UC San Diego (where he played 4 years of varsity baseball as a catcher) and his MBA from Harvard Business School (where he was recruited into the HBS PhD program in organizational behavior). He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco; former member of the Board of Trustees at the Hopkins School; and the former Chairman of the Western Region Board of Jumpstart. He is also an advisor to several tech companies and funds, including Zapoint, Aktana, Factor Lab, and Taldan Capital.