Kevin Smithen is a Managing Director and the Head of Strategy at Digital Bridge and Digital Colony, where he plays a leading role on the firm's deal sourcing, fundraising and co-investment efforts and is responsible for several of the firm’s global carrier customer relationships. Mr. Smithen is responsible for sourcing over $1bln in proprietary, off-market fiber and data centers deals in Canada and Latin America since the beginning of 2018. He has over 25 years of experience in global communications services and infrastructure sectors.
Prior to joining Digital Bridge, Mr. Smithen worked in the equity research division of Macquarie Securities (USA) Inc., most recently as Managing Director, Telecom Services and Infrastructure and as Sector Head for TMT. He has been recognized by StarMine, Bloomberg, and Institutional Investor as a leading analyst and thought leader.
Before joining Macquarie, Mr. Smithen was the CEO and portfolio manager for Stetson Street Capital, a market-neutral TMT hedge fund in Chicago. Previously, he worked as a senior analyst and Portfolio Manager for the Lazard Global Opportunities Fund and the Lazard TMT Advantage Fund. He was also the first investment analyst at Coatue Capital, a leading TMT sector hedge fund. Mr. Smithen began his career as an investment banker at Smith Barney, Inc. (Citigroup) in their Media and Telecommunications Group. Mr. Smithen earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, Middle East, and European Policy, magna cum laude, with Distinction from Duke University.