WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — July 18, 2022 — DHS Ventures & Holdings, a leading private equity, joint venture, and venture capital investments firm, today announced, through its Vice Chairman, Fernando Aguirre, the appointment of Anthony Hillman as Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Offcier and Corporate Secretary, effective August 1, 2022. Mr. Hillman will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer John Taylor, and will lead the company’s communications, compliance and regulatory functions.
Mr. Hillman brings to DHS Ventures & Holdings more than two decades of expertise in senior communications and compliance roles at global public and private companies across multiple industries. Throughout his career, Mr. Hillman has been integral in building and leading high performing teams, while driving the effective oversight of legal, governance and regulatory matters for both established and emerging growth organizations.
“We are pleased to welcome Anthony to DHS Ventures & Holdings executive leadership team,” said Fernando Aguirre, Vice Chairman of DHS Ventures & Holdings. “Anthony is a proven public company executive whose business-minded approach, legal acumen, and depth of insight around a wide range of governance and compliance-related matters will be significant assets to our organization. He will play an integral role in driving long-term value creation for our stakeholders.”
“I look forward to partnering with the entire DHS Ventures team during this exciting period of transformation and growth,” stated Hillman. “Under Fernando’s leadership, DHS Ventures has developed a winning culture, one I’m excited to help lead and support in the years ahead.”
Previously, Mr. Hillman served as Chief Compliance Officer at Advantia Health, a leading private equity-backed provider of healthcare services and technology solutions; Associate General Counsel, North America, at Transurban Group (ASX: TCL), Australia’s largest public company in the transportation and infrastructure sector; Executive Vice President, Legal and Compliance at Washington Prime Group (NYSE: WPG), a commercial real estate investment trust; and General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary at Sunrise Senior Living (formerly NYSE: SRZ), one of the world’s largest providers of senior living facilities.
Mr. Hillman began his legal career at the global law firm of Hogan Lovells LLP with a focus on corporate and securities matters. He received a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. and a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from Tufts University.
DHS Ventures & Holdings engaged global legal placement firm Alford, Lindsey & Surrey to lead the search for the Chief Communications Officer position.
ABOUT DHS VENTURES & HOLDINGS
DHS is a high-stakes advocacy, public strategy, and global public relations and communications firm. Our strategic insights and innovative programming build and sustain strong corporate and brand reputations. We provide our clients with counsel and program development across the spectrum of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, digital strategy, advertising and other communications services. Our clients are companies, industry associations, nonprofit organizations, professional services firms, and other large organizations.
We began as a unique grassroots and lobbying firm with customized services for an elite group of clients. Our work applies equally to regulatory issues as well as legislative ones, and we manage issues for our clients at the local, state, federal, and international levels of government.
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This release contains certain forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on management’s current knowledge and estimates of factors affecting the Company and its operations. Statements in this release that are forward-looking include, but are not limited to, statements related to the proposed merger, the spin-off and DHS Group Equity Partners’ future financial strength, including its leverage ratio, following the spin-off, the timing of the transaction and the growth of the Company following the transactions. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as may, should, expects, provides, anticipates, assumes, can, will, meets, could, likely, intends, might, predicts, seeks, would, believes, estimates, plans, continues, guidance, or outlook, or variations of these words or similar expressions.
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