Edison Partners Announces Promotions
Highlights Continued Momentum in Strengthening Firm Leadership
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., August 26, 2014-- Edison Partners, the leader in growth equity investing, today announced the promotion of Ryan Ziegler to General Partner, and Lenard Marcus and Sever Totia to Partner. The promotions recognize their contributions to Edison and highlight the firm's continued momentum in strengthening its leadership team.
Based in the firm's Lawrenceville, NJ office, Ziegler joined Edison in 2003 and leads the firm's Interactive Marketing & Digital Media sector. "Ryan has consistently set the highest bar for himself, having developed Interactive Marketing and Digital Media as our fastest growing industry practice," said Chris Sugden, Managing Partner. "He is a strong investor and leader with industry expertise that brings unique depth and insights to the board room. Ryan has exceeded expectations in each new role and opportunity at Edison, and we are fortunate to have him as our fifth General Partner."
Ziegler currently serves on the boards of directors for Arkadium, Lifebooker, Magnetic, MediaBrix, NetProspex and Offerpop. He joined the firm 11 years ago as a business development associate. Prior to Edison, he worked in the financial technology industry at SEI. Ziegler received a BS in business administration and management, and BA in biology from Bucknell University.
Based in Edison's McLean, VA office, Marcus leads the firm's Heathcare IT sector. "Lenard has incredible instincts for strong investment opportunities. He is a highly valuable contributor for the firm and will play an integral role in the future of Edison Partners," noted Chris Sugden. Marcus joined Edison as a business development associate in 2004 and now serves on the boards of directors for eSentire, KEMP Technologies, Lincor, PHX and Clinverse. He began his career with IBM Global Services, joined Chris Sugden at Princeton eCom, and then Wachovia Securities in healthcare investment banking. Marcus received a BS in industrial engineering from Stanford University and MBA from Columbia.
Totia focuses on Enterprise 2.0 sectors, with an emphasis on mobile and education SaaS businesses. "Sever has played an important role for the firm in executing new investments, bringing strategic value to help companies scale, and preparing companies for successful exits," added Chris Sugden. Totia joined the firm in 2007 and currently serves on boards of directors for Knowledge Delivery Systems, Ontuitive, Salsa Labs, Vox Mobile and Regent. He recently led the exit of Notable Solutions that delivered a 7.5X return to Edison. Prior to Edison, he co-led software investments at Lazard Technology Partners, a $400M venture fund, and held product management and operations leadership positions in Thomson Financial's Equity Research division. He received a BS in finance from Virginia Tech and is a CFA charter holder.
About Edison Partners
For 28 years, Edison Partners has been helping CEOs and their executive teams navigate the entrepreneurial journey to becoming successful companies. Through the unique combination of expansion capital and the Edison Edge platform, consisting of strategic advisory, the Edison Director Network, and executive education, Edison employs a holistic approach to nurturing invention and creating value for growth stage businesses ($5 to $20 million in revenue) in financial technology, healthcare IT, enterprise IT, and interactive marketing industries. Edison investment objectives also include: buyouts, recapitalizations, spinouts and secondary stock purchases.
The Edison portfolio has created aggregate market value exceeding $5 billion. Its long-tenured team, based in Lawrenceville, NJ, New York, NY, McLean, VA and Cleveland, OH, currently manages more than $850 million in active investments throughout the eastern United States.
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