Kevin Smithen is a Managing Director at Digital Bridge. Mr. Smithen brings over 21 years of investing and M&A experience in global communications services and infrastructure.
Mr. Smithen spent the past five years in the equity research division of Macquarie Securities (USA) Inc., most recently as Managing Director, US and LatAm Telecom Services and Infrastructure and Sector Head for TMT. He has been recognized by StarMine, Bloomberg and Institutional Investor as a leading stock picker and thought leader in the space. Mr. Smithen has been a frequent contributor on telco infrastructure to CNBC, Bloomberg TV, the Wall Street Journal, Barrons and other leading financial media companies. Additionally, Mr. Smithen has moderated and spoken on several panels at tower, fiber and service provider industry trade shows.
Prior to joining Macquarie, Mr. Smithen was a portfolio manager for Stetson Street Capital, a market-neutral TMT hedge fund in Chicago. From 2001 to 2008, he worked as a senior analyst and Portfolio Manager for the Lazard Global Opportunities Fund and the Lazard TMT Advantage Fund. This followed a stint as 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 the Media and Telecommunications Group. Mr. Smithen earned a BA magna cum laude with Distinction from Duke University.