Centerview Partners, a leading independent investment banking advisory firm, announced today that technology industry veterans Jack MacDonald, Gary Kirkham and Steve Miller have joined Centerview as Partners in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Messrs. MacDonald, Kirkham and Miller each bring decades of senior-level investment banking experience across the technology industry.
“We are thrilled to expand our technology practice with Jack, Gary and Steve, who are among the most seasoned and well regarded investment banking professionals in the industry and align culturally with our entrepreneurial west coast operation,” said Robert Pruzan, co-founder of Centerview. “Their unparalleled insights, extensive network of relationships and decades-long track records working across the technology spectrum will complement the deep domain expertise and wealth of knowledge and experience of our approximately 30 bankers in Palo Alto.”
“I’m honored to join Centerview, one of the most highly regarded investment banks in the world and advisor of choice to leading global companies,” said Mr. MacDonald. “With technology poised to continue transforming all industries, I am eager to drive further success for our clients by leveraging Centerview’s world class platform and unmatched intellectual capital.”
“I’ve watched as Centerview has built an enduring technology franchise and advised on many of the most notable transactions and strategic initiatives in the technology sector,” said Mr. Kirkham. “I’m honored to contribute to its continued growth as part of my next chapter, and work alongside its talented team to guide clients at this important and dynamic time for technology companies.”
“For years, we have helped numerous clients build successful and enduring businesses that create value and contribute positively to society,” said Mr. Miller. “I am excited to help expand Centerview’s technology practice using those same skills and principles, building from an incredibly strong base they’ve established over many years and a deep bench of senior talent with whom I look forward to collaborating.”
Blair Effron, co-founder of Centerview, concluded, “Jack, Gary and Steve have not only built long-term relationships with some of the world’s most innovative technology companies, they have grown their practice by mentoring generations of young bankers who have themselves become world-class advisors. Their track records with both clients and associates alike align perfectly with Centerview’s culture. We are proud to have the ideal team and capabilities to help CEOs and Boards navigate the rapidly changing and increasingly complex technology landscape.”
About Jack MacDonald
Mr. MacDonald spent his entire banking career at Merrill Lynch/BofA Merrill Lynch where he rose to be one of the most senior bankers on the platform and held various leadership roles including Co-Head of Global Investment Banking, Head of Tech, Media & Telecom Investment Banking and Global Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. MacDonald has served as a trusted adviser to clients across multiple industries with a focus on various technology sectors, including software, semiconductors, Internet/e-commerce and enterprise services and solutions. During his tenure at BofA Merrill Lynch, Mr. MacDonald advised on numerous high-profile technology transactions, including Salesforce.com’s $28 billion acquisition of Slack Technologies, Xilinx’s $35 billion merger with AMD, and Broadcom’s $19 billion acquisition of CA Technologies.
About Steve Miller
Steve Miller has advised leading technology companies and their boards on complex strategic and financial projects for over 25 years. Mr. Miller began his career with Merrill Lynch in 1995 and was one of the first bankers in the firm’s technology practice. He most recently served as Executive Vice Chairman of BofA Merrill Lynch and has advised clients across a range of technology sectors, including software, enterprise solutions, semiconductor and Internet. Mr. Miller has advised on numerous technology transactions, including Salesforce.com’s $28 billion acquisition of Slack Technologies, Western Digital’s $18 billion acquisition of Sandisk, and Sybase’s $7 billion sale to SAP.
About Gary Kirkham
Gary Kirkham has spent the last 25 years advising a range of technology companies on important strategic and capital markets initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, private and public capital raising and activist defense. Mr. Kirkham spent his career at Merrill Lynch/BofA Merrill Lynch, where he most recently served as Global Co-Head of Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking. Mr. Kirkham has served as trusted advisor to clients across various technology sectors, including software, semiconductors, Internet/e-commerce, enterprise infrastructure, financial technology and automotive technology. During his time at BofA Merrill Lynch, Mr. Kirkham has advised on a number of significant transactions, including Broadcom’s $10.7 billion acquisition of Symantec’s Enterprise Business, Adaptive Insight’s $1.6 billion sale to Workday, and Nokia’s $9.7 billion acquisition of Alcatel Lucent.
About Centerview Partners
Centerview Partners, based in New York and with offices in London, Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Palo Alto, operates an international investment banking advisory practice across all sectors, specializing in independent advice and other client services capitalizing on the experience of its principals. The firm’s more than 60 partners and over 500 professionals around the world provide senior-level counsel to both domestic and international clients and its business includes general and M&A advisory as well as restructuring.
Since its founding in 2006, the firm has advised clients on over $3 trillion in transactions. Members of the firm have experience in a range of industries including consumer products, financial services, food and beverage, energy, entertainment and media, general industrial & chemicals, energy, healthcare and healthcare services, technology, telecommunications, restructuring, retail, real estate, gaming and utilities sectors.
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