Adobe's Brennan Joins Silver Lake

John Brennan has joined Silver Lake Sumeru, the middle-market investment unit of Silver Lake Partners, as a managing director. He previously was a senior vice president with Adobe Systems, responsible for the company's platform software business.



Silver Lake Sumeru, Silver Lake's middle-market investment group, announced that John Brennan, former Senior Vice President of Adobe Systems, has joined the firm as a Managing Director.

Brennan, 43, has more than 15 years of technology and investment experience and will be based in Silver Lake's Menlo Park office where he will have a full range of investment responsibilities for Silver Lake Sumeru.

Ajay Shah, the Managing Director who heads Silver Lake Sumeru, said, We are very pleased to welcome John to Silver Lake Sumeru as a senior member of our team. His significant software and services operating skills, combined with his transaction and investment experience, are a great match for us and will augment and complement the capabilities of our group. We look forward to his many contributions as Silver Lake Sumeru continues to focus on identifying and executing investment opportunities in established middle market technology companies that have the potential for enhanced performance and profitability.

Brennan said, Silver Lake's team of technology investment professionals is the most experienced and well-respected in the industry, and I am pleased to be joining a firm of such stature. I look forward to adding my industry experience and expertise to a highly sophisticated team of investors in middle-market technology businesses.

Prior to joining Silver Lake Sumeru, Brennan held several senior leadership positions at Adobe Systems, most recently as the Senior Vice President responsible for Adobe's Platform Software business unit. Previously, Brennan led Adobe's corporate development function as well as the Creative Professional business unit. At Hewlett-Packard Company, he was Senior Vice President of SMB Segment Operations, where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of a $20 billion portfolio of products. In addition Brennan, directed the activities of the Procurve Networking business unit and led Hewlett-Packard's corporate development functions. Earlier in his career, Brennan spent 8 years working for Accenture in the firm's Electronics & High-Tech practice, and for Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. as a portfolio manager.

Brennan holds degrees from Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley.

About Silver Lake Sumeru

Silver Lake Sumeru pursues private investments in middle-market technology companies. The Silver Lake Sumeru team applies fundamental operating insight, deep technology sector expertise, and world-class investing skills to acquiring and managing the companies in its portfolio. Silver Lake Sumeru is a group within Silver Lake, a private investment firm with a leading market position in large cap investments in technology, technology-enabled, and related growth industries. Silver Lake's portfolio includes or has included technology industry leaders such as Ameritrade, Avago, Avaya, Business Objects, Flextronics, Gartner, Gerson Lehrman Group, Instinet, Intelsat, IPC Systems, MCI, Mobile Messenger, NASDAQ, NetScout, NXP, Sabre Holdings, Seagate Technology, Serena Software, SunGard Data Systems, Thomson and UGS. For more information, please visit