Great Hill Partners Names Anderson As Entrepreneur-In-Residence

Mar 10 2017 | 9:37pm ET

Great Hill Partners has engaged technology industry veteran Simon Anderson as an entrepreneur-in-residence to assist the company with invest in cloud infrastructure, cloud software, SaaS and managed services businesses. 

In his new role, Anderson will consult with the firm on the origination and evaluation of transaction opportunities, including market, strategy, product, sales, marketing, operations and management team assessment.

Anderson brings broad experience managing emerging growth technology companies including leading strategy, business development, product, marketing, sales and operations over the last 15 years, the company said.

He was most recently CEO of DreamHost, a web hosting and cloud services company that played significant roles in the growth of the OpenStack cloud computing platform and the WordPress web content management system. He came aboard DreamHost in mid-2011 after serving as chief marketing officer for Pictage.com, stepping down in November 2015. He was also co-founder and chairman of Inktank, the company behind the widely used Ceph software-defined storage system. 

“We tracked Simon while he was at DreamHost and Inktank, and have already collaborated with him in exploring a cloud platform opportunity,” managing partner Chris Gaffney said. “We share a founder-friendly mindset and understand the key people, process and operational drivers of a successful high-growth company. 

Given Simon’s long and successful history with multiple startup and emerging growth companies in cloud and SaaS, we are honored he chose us as his partner for his next transaction and CEO role,” Gaffney added. 

Founded in 1998, Great Hill Partners is a Boston-based private equity firm with more $5 billion in commitments since inception. The company concentrates on opportunities in the business and consumer services, healthcare, media, communications and software industries. Earlier this year, Great Hill raised $1.5 billion for its sixth buyout fund.


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