September 24, 2020 – Global executive search and private equity advisory firm Renovata & Company has assisted in the placement of Bill Wilshire as chief operating officer of Single Digits, a provider of high-speed internet access (HSIA) management and support solutions.
“Bill is a leader with a strong track record of project installation and delivery—with networking experience across multiple verticals, including WiFi, switching, routing and cabling,” said Simon Francis, partner at Renovata & Company. “He’s skilled with customers and driving growth. His skill-set spans business integration, mergers and acquisitions, channel management strategy, product planning and account management.”
“He understands how to build and manage field engineering and operations teams – and will complement the two co-founders (chief executive officer and president) and our chief financial officer placement last year,” he said.
Previously, Mr. Wilshire was chief operating officer and general manager of Core BTS. Prior to that, he was senior vice president, leading the professional services organization for Core BTS. He has worked as a consulting partner at Cognizant Technology Solutions and served as an advisory board member for the Cisco partner technical advisory board. In addition, Mr. Wilshire was vice president and managing director of a global customer relationship management and analytics business for LexisNexis. He launched his career as a consultant at Bain & Company after serving in the U.S. Army as an airborne combat engineer, and he is a Harvard Business School alumnus.
Backed by private equity investor GI Partners, Single Digits offers a complete guest internet solution, including IP network design, engineering, professional services, ongoing maintenance, networking monitoring, multi-lingual support, revenue reporting and authentication tracking. The company serves more than 1,600 customers across various industries, including hospitality, property management, healthcare, government, education, travel and more.
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Renovata & Company is a global executive search and private equity advisory firm. The firm partners with financial sponsors, their portfolio companies and public corporations to deliver leaders and investment insights. Renovata & Company’s executive recruiting activities are focused on search assignments—board-level mandates which include board directors, CEOs, CFOs and other C-suite executives, as well as investment professionals and operating partners. The firm provides strategic counsel to clients across the technology, digital, business services, industrial, consumer and retail sectors.
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Renovata & Company has relationships with over 50 of the top 100 private and growth equity firms globally. Its private equity advisory services include diligence support, backable executive introductions and deal sourcing delivered by its affiliate, L Capital Advisors. The firm also makes equity co-investments alongside its private equity clients through its investment affiliate, L Capital. Renovata & Company is privately held and operates from five offices across two continents: Boston, Hamburg, London, New York and San Francisco.
Mr. Francis is a partner and co-founder at Renovata & Company. His practice is focused on serving the founders and managing partners of private equity sponsors. With 24 years’ experience, he has led and completed hundreds of retained search engagements. Today, his assignments are primarily CEO searches for PE-backed portfolio companies, plus adding C-suite executives and board directors supporting “portco” CEOs. Mr. Francis is also one of the firm’s specialists in GP-level portfolio operations and “operating partner” searches.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media