2018-09-20 Tech Panel 2 P2

2018-09-20 Tech Panel 2 P2

Panel #2: Digital Drives Value: Where and How to Add Digital to Your Private Equity Playbook

Digital changes everything. Every industry, every channel, every market. It’s revolutionary and promising, but it can also be challenging. A digital strategy is no longer a nice to have—it’s a must have.

Understanding the digital landscape is the first step to developing the right approach to ensure your companies are among the technology disruptors, not the disrupted. Our panelists will share their observations, insights and forward-looking ideas on how you can leverage technology to optimize operational effectiveness, accelerate growth and create value across your portfolio.

Value Creation Panel
Moderator, Dean Nelson
CohnReznick LLP
Transformational Technology, Digital and Analytics Leader

Michael Cassidy
August Spark

Michael Cassidy serves as Founder and Partner at August Spark, a NY based family office making investments in marketing, business and technology enabled service companies.

Prior to launching August Spark, Cassidy founded Undertone, an internet advertising technology company where he served as CEO until 2014.

Nicholas Castellina
Director of Industry and Solution Strategy

Nick Castellina is the Director of Industry and Solution Strategy responsible for Infor manufacturing.

Rebecca Granne
Serent Capital
Vice President Growth

A seasoned strategy, marketing and general management executive, Rebecca has wide-ranging experience as a successful tech entrepreneur, top-tier management consultant, and a senior leader of CPG and healthcare corporations.

Currently, she is Vice President of Growth at the private equity firm, Serent Capital. Her focus is on driving measurable improvements in operational performance, revenue acceleration and earnings velocity.

Prior to joining Serent, Rebecca served as the General Manager of North America for Hydralyte – a health and wellness CPG brand out of Australia.

David Reynolds
Alvarez & Marsal
Senior Director

David Reynolds is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal in their Private Equity Performance Improvement group. He has more than 18 years of consulting experience in North America and abroad. His background includes revenue generation and profit improvement in supply chain optimization, operational improvements and product line profitability. He has worked in several sectors of business services, technology and consumer goods.

Mr. Reynolds has held interim-COO roles from sponsor backed business service companies to contract pet food manufacturing. Each company ranging in $100M-$450M of revenue. He also has extensive experience in merger and acquisition due diligence in businesses in various industries such as B2B services, technology-enabled companies, IOT leaders and more.

Mr. Reynolds earned his bachelor’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering and M.B.A. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jonathan Weber
BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC
Head of Portfolio Company Management

Jon Weber is the Head of Portfolio Company Management, and serves on the Firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Weber works with management and boards of companies where the firm is an influential investor. Prior to joining BlueMountain, Mr. Weber headed groups at Anchorage Capital Group, Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group and Icahn Enterprises, where he was responsible for operational oversight, governance and value enhancement of portfolio companies. In those capacities, he has served as a board member, senior executive, and board-level advisor for companies in a broad range of industries over 15 years. Roles included President of Icahn Enterprises, L.P. (NYSE-IEP), CEO of Philip Services Corporation and Viskase Companies, and board member of American Railcar Industries, Bavaria Yachtbau, Crescent Communities, Martinrea Honsel, National Energy Group, WestPoint International, WIND Hellas, Xenith Bankshares and XO Communications. Previously, Mr. Weber was an investment banker at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley, and an attorney with Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Weber earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and B.S. and M.B.A., magna cum laude, from Babson College.

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