Searchlight Finds Its Next Partner. It’s a Former FCC Leader

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If the name Searchlight Capital Partners sounds familiar to you, it is because the private investment firm founded by Wade Davis in January 2021 — through its Searchlight III UTD and ForgeLight units — grabbed a majority stake of Univision Holdings.


The purchase placed Davis in the CEO slot, some seven months after Searchlight completed its acquisition of Frontier Communications‘ operations and assets in the Pacific Northwest, creating Ziply Fiber.

Now, Searchlight, led by Davis associate Eric Zinterhofer, has selected a new Partner who also become a prospective board member of “a number of Searchlight’s existing investments in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors.”

It puts a former FCC Chairman in the slot.

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