Cisco's Hilton Romanski to Join Siris Capital
NEW YORK -- Siris Capital Group, LLC (“Siris”), a leading private equity firm focused on making control investments in data, telecommunications, technology and technology-enabled business service companies, today announced that Hilton Romanski, currently Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Cisco Systems, Inc., will join Siris as a Partner & Senior Managing Director on the Investment Team.
In his new role, Romanski will work with Siris and its Executive Partners to identify potential investment opportunities, successfully execute those transactions and apply Siris’ post-acquisition best practices to create value. Romanski will also lead the extension of Siris’ 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, Romanski 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. He 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. Romanski also oversees Cisco’s $2 billion investment portfolio comprised of technology start-ups 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.