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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 Financial Officer practice groups. Read more >
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 Financial Officer practice groups.
Mr. Giarman oversees C- and VP-level search assignments in portfolio companies working closely with boards, management teams and their investors where the mantra is accelerated value creation, growth, profitability and liquidity. He also works closely with top-tier principal investing funds in the build-out of their investment, portfolio support and related teams. Prior to DHR, Mr. Giarman built the CEO practice for one of the premiere boutique executive recruiting firms in Silicon Valley serving the venture capital community.
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 held operating or consulting roles working with 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 five 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 the University of California, San Diego (where he played varsity baseball as a catcher) and his MBA from Harvard Business School (where he was recruited into the PhD program in leadership and organizational behavior). Mr. Giarman is a former member of the board of trustees for Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco where he chaired the President’s Evaluation & Compensation Committee and was chairman of the board’s Search Committee overseeing the successful recruiting of a new president for the institution in 2012. He is also a former member of the board of trustees at the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT and former chairman of the Western region board of Jumpstart based in Boston, MA. He is an advisor to several technology companies and funds, including Zapoint, Aktana, Factor Lab and Taldan Capital. < Read less
Keith Giarman: Related Material
November 2014 | White Papers
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The summary and findings from DHR's Private Equity Conference on human capital. More >
December 2013 | White Papers
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December 2013 | White Papers
Some consider the skill set of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to be more “portable” from industry to industry or business model to business model than other senior level members of the executive team. Based on the experience of our clients in the Private Equity Practice, the core financial acumen and analytical competencies of an effective CFO can be appropriately applied in different industry or business settings; however, their success will depend on a multitude of situational factors. More >