Siris Capital Group, a NYC-based private equity firm focused on making control investments in data, telecommunications, technology and technology-enabled business service companies, added Hilton Romanski, currently Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Cisco Systems, Inc., to the Investment Team as Partner & Senior Managing Director.
In his new role, Romanski will work with Siris and its Executive Partners to identify potential investment opportunities, execute those transactions and apply Siris’ post-acquisition best practices to create value.
He will also lead the extension of the firm’s presence to the West Coast by establishing a new Siris office in Silicon Valley.
With nearly 25 years of industry experience and senior leadership roles at global corporations, including 18 years at Cisco, Romanski brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the technology, media and telecom sectors.
At Cisco, he served on the Executive Leadership Team and as Chairman of Cisco’s China Board, and was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s growth strategy through acquisitions, strategic partnerships, venture investments, co-development and technology innovation.
Romanski and his team led nearly $30 billion in acquisitions across approximately 60 deals, including Cisco’s $3.7 billion acquisition of AppDynamics, and the recently announced intent to acquire Duo for $2.4 billion.
He also oversees Cisco’s $2 billion investment portfolio comprised of technology startups around the world.
Prior to joining Cisco, Romanski held leadership roles at J.P. Morgan, including co-founding the firm’s West Coast telecom practice. He was an investment banker in J.P. Morgan’s Technology, Media and Telecom group and, prior to this, served as a mergers and acquisitions specialist in the company’s New York headquarters.
Romanski earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BA in History from Columbia University.
Led by Frank Baker, a Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Siris Capital is a private equity firm focused on making control investments in data, telecommunications, technology and technology-enabled business service companies in North America. Integral to its investment approach is its partnership with senior operating executives, or Executive Partners, who work with Siris to identify, validate and operate investment opportunities.