Stephen S. SmithSenior Advisor Arma Partners
Steve Smith is a Senior Advisor at Arma Partners. Previously, he was managing director of The Interim CEO Network and was active in providing experienced CEO leadership for ICN clients. Earlier, Steve was a managing director and vice chairman of Broadview International, a leading global M&A advisor and private equity investor in the IT, communications, and media industries. Steve is widely known for leading the development of Broadview's Silicon Valley office and the firm's global practice in infrastructure segments of the IT market. He joined Broadview in 1989 after 17 years in executive roles beginning in management consulting at McKinsey and then with leading companies in the IT markets including Fairchild, Amdahl, and as CEO of Reference Technology, the world's first CD-ROM applications company.
Steve is an acknowledged thought leader on topics relating to growth and shareholder value creation through external corporate development. He has made frequent public appearances as a moderator, speaker, and panelist in IT industry events. He has been a guest lecturer at the Harvard Business School, the Graduate School of Business at Stanford, and the Haas School of Business at Berkeley. He has been inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame at Oregon State University and received a John W. Gardner Award for Leadership in 2012 from the American Leadership Forum.
Steve is on the boards of That Man May See (an organization affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco supporting research in advanced diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmologic diseases); the Churchill Club, the Silicon Valley Executive Network and the Computer History Museum. He has served on the boards of Sendmail, Inc.; The American Leadership Forum; and E-Tek Dynamics, a leading manufacturer of optical components that merged with JDS Uniphase in 2000; the Information Industry Association; the Association for Corporate Growth - Silicon Valley chapter; as well as the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Steve holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and an engineering degree with high honors from Oregon State University.
Steve and his wife, Paula, reside in Palo Alto. Their two married children, Kyle and Kendall, are active young adults in London and San Carlos. Steve is an accomplished golfer having competed at a national and international level in numerous amateur championships. Steve and Paula are members of Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, and Querencia Golf Club. Steve was named Golf Nut of the Year for 2004 by the Golf Nuts Society.