Senior advisors

Empowering your aspirations

At Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips we value the combination of M&A expertise and operating experience. All of our dealmakers have both. We understand your business, and we know the way buyers think in the marketplace.

To deliver an even deeper level of operational expertise, we have cultivated a team of over 20 senior advisors who are experienced executives with deep expertise in the industries we serve. All of our senior advisors are former CEOs or corporate M&A executives, and we use their expertise and relationships to support your deal.

Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips
36
years of M&A and operating experience on average
Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips
14
TMT sectors covered
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At Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips we value the combination of M&A expertise and operating experience. All of our dealmakers have both. We understand your business, and we know the way buyers think in the marketplace.

To deliver an even deeper level of operational expertise, we have cultivated a team of over 20 senior advisors who are experienced executives with deep expertise in the industries we serve. All of our senior advisors are former CEOs or corporate M&A executives, and we use their expertise and relationships to support your deal.

Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips
36
years of M&A and operating experience on average
Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips
14
TMT sectors covered
View the industries

Frank Baitman

Frank specializes in healthcare and technology.

Frank was deputy assistant secretary for information technology and chief information officer with the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he oversaw US$10.4 billion in IT investments. He was also an executive in the Obama administration from 2009–2015 on assignment from the Food and Drug Administration. Before joining the federal government, Frank was president of the US subsidiary of Pretards PLC, a security manufacturer. He was director of corporate strategy for IBM earlier in his career.


Areas of expertise

Healthcare Communications & Technology

Karthic Bala

Karthic specializes in healthcare and technology. His M&A expertise includes the acquisitions of two data companies and two media companies and the sale of five other media properties.

Karthic was EVP of engineering, product and data for Red Ventures; global chief data officer at Conde Nast; and president of Precision Health Data Institute. His work includes using data and AI to evolve and reinvent companies by building products that are designed for a digitally enhanced world.


Areas of expertise

Healthcare Communications & Technology

Deborah Brewster

Deborah’s expertise is in consumer media.

Deborah was SVP of strategy and head of initiatives for News Corp, where she started businesses, developed new revenue streams and made investments and acquisitions. Previously, she was deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and editor and senior reporter at the Financial Times.


Areas of expertise

Consumer Media, Digital Media

John Cabell

John specializes in working with consumer magazines, including clients such as Bloomberg, BBC Worldwide, Editora Abril and Hubert Burda Media.

John was previously publishing director of Women’s Sports and director of international development for Rodale Inc., the leading publisher of health and fitness media at the time. He also worked for Ziff Davis, CBS and New Times.


Areas of expertise

Consumer Media

John Chaparro

John is a seasoned investment banker who specializes in healthcare services, medical technology, software and technology. He has a distinguished track record in advising owners and investors in HCIT, including UnitedHealth/Optum, Warburg Pincus and Francisco Partners, and advised Golden Hour Data Systems, Inc. in their sale to Zoll Data Systems, a subsidiary of Asahi Kasai.

John is currently CFO of Blue Planet. He was previously managing director of Brown Brothers Harriman for 15 years, where he was co-head of global M&A advisory.


Areas of expertise

Healthcare Communications & Technology, Software and Technology

Kenneth B. Collins

Ken is an Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips partner emeritus who specializes in valuations.

Ken was previously a partner with ODP, where he worked on hundreds of M&A assignments. Before joining ODP in 1996, Ken was president of Macmillan Publishing Europe, EVP and publisher of American Banker and Investment Dealers’ Digest, SVP of John Wiley & Sons and VP of finance at CBS Publishing.


Areas of expertise

Valuations

Jeffrey L. Dearth

Jeff is an Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips partner emeritus who specializes in digital media.

Jeff was previously a partner with ODP, where he worked on almost 100 M&A assignments over 20 years. His industry expertise is in digital media, events and magazines. He was COO of Mecklermedia; founder of Enews.com, one of the earliest commercial internet companies; publisher of The New Republic; and in advertising positions at Time Inc. and Smithsonian.


Areas of expertise

Digital Media, Events

Itzhak Fisher

Itzhak specializes in technology and insights & data.

Over three decades, Itzhak has been an investor in 85 startups. He also deployed over US$3 billion in investments as EVP of M&A and global business development at Nielsen Holdings. He was previously CEO of RLS Communications and chairman and co-founder of Buzzmetrics.


Areas of expertise

Software and Technology, Insights & Analytics

John French

John specializes in B2B media and events.

John was one of the B2B media industry’s most prominent and successful CEOs as CEO of Cygnus Business Media, CEO of Penton Media and president of PRIMEDIA’s B2B division. Earlier in his career, he worked for IDG, PennWell and CMP Publications.


Areas of expertise

B2B Media, Events

Neal Goff

Neal specializes in education and book publishing.

Neal was president of the Weekly Reader Publishing Group, where he oversaw a sale of part of the business. He was president of Scholastic Library Publishing and Prentice Hall Direct, and managed the children’s publishing operations for Book-of-the-Month Club. He held these positions in major media companies, such as Time Warner, Simon & Schuster and Scholastic.


Areas of expertise

Book Publishing

Mike Greehan

Mike specializes in advising consumer magazine companies in the US and around the world.

Mike works as a licensing advisor to magazines in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, India, Pakistan, Japan and South Korea. He was previously publisher of Bicycling Magazine and associate publisher of Runner’s World at Rodale, at the time one of the largest enthusiast publishers in the US.


Areas of expertise

Consumer Media

Clint Greenleaf

Clint has expertise in consumer publishing.

Clint has started and sold three companies: Greenleaf Book Group, HomePlate Peanut Butter and Bambino Balls. He is currently on the board of directors of three publishing companies.


Areas of expertise

Consumer Media

Erica Gruen

Erica specializes in television, digital media, advertising, marketing and the creator economy.

Erica is known as the Food Network CEO who masterminded one of the most popular channels ever—“TV for everyone who loves to eat”. Prior to Food, she created one of Madison Avenue’s first digital ad agencies, Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive. Erica is a principal with Quantum Media, named in Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Management Consulting Companies” for five years running.


Areas of expertise

Digital Media, Advertising

Kerry Hatch

Kerry has expertise in financial services, technology, media and data.

Kerry launched Open for American Express and was president and CEO of several companies, including Starwood’s St. Regis/Luxury Collection Hotels, Good Times Entertainment and Time Inc.’s QSP. She was also COO of Acxiom, a leading marketing database, email and big data provider.


Areas of expertise

Software and Technology, Insights & Analytics

Ken Karpay

Ken is a former managing director of Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips, where he specialized in M&A for healthcare media and communications.

Ken was SVP and publisher of Physicians Practice, where he oversaw digital media and virtual and live events.


Areas of expertise

Healthcare Communications & Technology, Events

Gary Krantz

Gary has expertise in podcasting and radio. He has advised Viacom, iHeartMedia, Cumulus Media, CBS Radio Networks and Disney’s ABC Radio Networks.

Previously, Gary was chief digital officer of Westwood One, president of Air America Radio, EVP of Premiere Radio Networks for Clear Channel and EVP of AMFM Radio Networks.


Areas of expertise

Podcast and Radio

Dan Lubart

Dan has expertise in book publishing and music.

Dan was SVP of corporate strategy and publishing operations for Hachette Book Group, where he completed many acquisitions. Previously, he was SVP at HarperCollins and CTO at Universal Music Group.


Areas of expertise

Education & Education Technology, Book Publishing

Gerry Mintz

Gerry specializes in fintech, B2B information and enterprise software.

Gerry was CEO of PerTrac Financial Solutions, a global provider of data and analytics for hedge funds and their investors. Previously, he was president and CEO for various divisions of Thomson Financial and Reuters.


Areas of expertise

B2B Media, Software and Technology

Gordie Nye

Gordie specializes in healthcare technology.

Gordie has extensive experience in senior roles with eight emerging healthcare companies, including six where he was CEO. Companies where he worked include ZELTIQ Aesthetics, which he took public through an IPO, Angel Medical Systems, Atlantic Therapeutics, R2 Technologies and REVA Medical.


Areas of expertise

Healthcare Communications & Technology

Steve Rosenbaum

Steve specializes in internet video and digital media. He is recognized as the father of user generated content.

Steve is currently executive director and co-founder of The Center for Sustainable Media. He was previously CEO of Waywire Networks. While at MTV, Steve created MTV News Unfiltered, a user-generated news series.


Areas of expertise

Digital Media

Daniel Schiff

Daniel specializes in scholarly, academic and healthcare publishing.

Daniel has completed acquisitions around the globe in these sectors, including in the UK, Europe, Brazil, India and the US. He has worked for over 20 years in senior roles in both print and digital media for market leaders, such as Elsevier, Springer-Nature and Thieme. Based in Paris, Daniel is currently the president of TIPOTA, a corporate strategy firm focused on digital transformation.


Areas of expertise

Education & Education Technology, Book Publishing, Healthcare Communications & Technology

Jeff Spar

Jeff specializes in business technology, including technology solutions, big data analytics, cyber security and cloud infrastructure.

Jeff was previously CIO at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, SVP and global CIO at The Reader’s Digest Association, and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.


Areas of expertise

Software and Technology

Christy Tanner

Christy specializes in broadcasting and digital transformation. She has advised companies such as the BBC, Univision, PBS and Altice.

Christy was previously EVP at CBS Interactive, CEO of Lionsgate’s TV Guide Digital and held senior digital media positions with The Washington Post, Wolters Kluwer and Variety.


Areas of expertise

Broadcasting, Streaming Technology

Marci Weisler

Marci is a seasoned digital leader in consumer media and advertising.

Marci was head of O&O Media Supply for T-Mobile and chief commercial officer at Vengo Labs. She is also a member of Chief and on the advisory board of Women’s Empowerment in Digital Out of Home. She previously held senior roles at Time Out North America, CondeNet and Vindigo.


Areas of expertise

Consumer Media, Digital Media, Software and Technology