Keith Giarman serves as managing partner of the Private Equity Practice in the firm’s San Francisco, CA and New York, NY offices. He is also part of the firm’s Advanced Technology, Financial Services, Board & CEO, and Financial Officer practice groups.
For more than 10 years, Keith has been overseeing board, C and senior level search assignments working with management teams and investors where the mantra is rapid and long-term enterprise value creation. He has also been instrumental in the build-out of principal investing teams.
Prior to DHR, Keith built the CEO practice for one of the premiere boutique executive recruiting firms in Silicon Valley serving the venture capital community.
Keith worked extensively with investors in prior operating roles, most recently as president and CEO of Clarus Systems (acquired by OpNet) where he raised more than $20 million to launch the company. Prior to his experience in Silicon Valley, Keith was vice president of sales, service, and marketing at Citizens Communications, today a $3 billion full‐service communications carrier that was merged with Frontier.
He was one of five executives on the senior leadership team and was responsible for an organization consisting of 800 employees, $1 billion in revenue, and $200 million in operating income. Keith earned his BA at UC San Diego (where he played varsity baseball as a catcher) and his MBA from Harvard Business School (where he was recruited into the PhD program in organizational behavior).
Keith is currently Vice Chairman of the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California and Mission Dolores Academy — an innovative K-8 school serving disadvantaged students in San Francisco. He is a former trustee for Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco where he was the chairman of the President’s Evaluation Committee and chairman of the Search Committee overseeing the successful recruitment of a new president for the institution in 2012.
He is also a former trustee and president of the Alumni Association at the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT and former chairman of the Western Region Board of Jumpstart based in Boston, MA. He is an advisor to several technology companies and funds.