Walter joined Summit Partners in 1989. During his tenure with Summit, Walter served on Summit’s executive committee and was a Managing Director until 2010, a member of Summit’s Board of Managers until 2017, a Senior Advisor until 2018, and a board director of many public and private companies.
Walter’s past directorships include E-TEK Dynamics (NASDAQ: ETEK, later merged with JDS Uniphase), McAfee (NYSE: MFE, later acquired by Intel), HMT Technology (NASDAQ: HMTT, later acquired by Komag), Diamond Multimedia Systems (NASDAQ: DIMD, later acquired by SONICblue), AltoCom (acquired by Broadcom), Finisar (NASDAQ: FNSR), NetCom Systems (acquired by Bowthorpe), and Xylan (NASDAQ: XYLN, later acquired by Alcatel).
Prior to Summit, Walter was a Vice President and Associate at Crosspoint Venture Partners and a software engineer in the computer graphics field. He received a BS in engineering, with honors, from Oregon State University, an MS in engineering from Caltech, and an MBA from UCLA.
Walter is a member of the Board of Trustees at Caltech. He is a founder and advisory board member of the Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity at the University of Southern California and a past director of the National Venture Capital Association.