Kevin Smithen is a Managing Director and Global Head of Strategy and Capital Formation at Digital Colony and Colony Capital. Mr. Smithen has over 25 years of experience in the global communications services and digital infrastructure sectors and plays a leading role in the firm’s deal sourcing, fundraising and co-investment efforts. In addition, Mr. Smithen is responsible for managing relationships with certain strategic customers worldwide.
Prior to Digital Colony, 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 in this industry.
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 the Media and Telecommunications Group.
Mr. Smithen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Aptum Technologies and Beanfield Metroconnect.
Mr. Smithen received a Bachelor of Arts in History, Middle East, and European Policy, magna cum laude, with distinction from Duke University in 1995.