Bill Patrizio

Industry Advisor

Mr. Patrizio is an Industry Advisor with Silverwood Partners in the technology sector. Mr. Patrizio is Managing Director at Opaka Partners, a firm he founded in 2013 and specializes in providing advisory services for broadcast and digital media technology, production and distribution investors, business owners, directors and executives. Recent projects include assisting private equity firms, and technology, media and telecom companies embrace innovation and disruptive technology to achieve their strategic growth aspirations.

Previously Mr. Patrizio was Chief Executive Officer and Board Director at Red Bee Media, a PE backed $250M creative, broadcast and digital media software and services company in the UK, whose clients include TV and film content owners, broadcasters and platform operators such as the BBC, Canal+, BskyB, Disney, ABC TV, ESPN, UPC Broadband, NHK, ITV, Microsoft, Google, Channel 4, Samsung and many others. He successfully led the sale of the company to Ericsson, the global technology and communications firm. Prior to Red Bee, Mr. Patrizio was President, Broadcast Network Services at Technicolor SA, where he led the development and execution of the growth strategy and competitive positioning. The business was acquired by Ericsson.

In addition to his extensive general management and leadership experiences, Mr. Patrizio is an accomplished supply chain and operations executive serving as Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer at JPMorgan Chase, and Senior Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement for The Walt Disney Company. He was recruited to JPMorgan following the merger with Bank One to lead a global integrated strategic sourcing, procurement and supply chain management corporate function managing over $12 billion of annual spending. At Disney, Mr. Patrizio assembled and led a global team of over 300, managing over $6 billion of annual spending.

Mr. Patrizio has also held senior roles at Universal Studios, Joseph E Seagram & Sons and Kellogg’s. He has significant experience in the Media and Technology industry with diverse exposure in the Financial Services and Consumer Goods industries and with large public and midsized private equity ownership structures. He received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and Innovation in 2011 from HM Queen Elizabeth II for the development and commercial success of Piero, a sports broadcast graphics and presentation technology.