Princeton-based Edison Partners, a leading growth equity investment firm, has announced the appointment of Rush Baker as partner, head of investor relations, and Casey Myers as partner, head of Edison Edge value creation platform. In these newly created roles, Baker and Myers will further expand the breadth and depth of the Edison senior team’s capabilities as the firm’s assets under management (AUM) increase.
“We’re focused on building ‘a forever firm,’ so it’s essential that we continue to add expertise to help us scale not only our AUM, but also how we partner with our portfolio companies in bringing more than capital to each investment. We are very pleased to welcome Rush and Casey to lead these two critical aspects of our business,” said Chris Sugden, managing partner, Edison Partners.
Baker will lead communications with existing and prospective limited partners. “It’s exciting to join Edison at this inflection point of growth and opportunity, and to build on a deep track record of success as a growth equity leader. The team is stellar, as is their differentiated approach to partnering with investors and portfolio company executives. I look forward to helping expand Edison’s already great cadre of capital partners,” said Baker.
Before joining Edison, Baker was a partner at Snowbridge Advisors, a New York-based private fund placement platform specializing in private equity and debt fund advisory and capitalization. He began his career in finance at Deutsche Bank where he developed relationships with some of the largest institutional investors in the U.S., Asia and Europe.
Myers will direct the Edison Edge, the firm’s value creation platform, which includes five operating centers of excellence, executive education programs, and a director network – all designed to help portfolio companies navigate, accelerate and scale growth. Myers will build community and peer connections among portfolio management teams, and continue to expand best-practice expertise and content aligned with portfolio business models, lifecycle stages and individual company needs.
“Having seen growth equity from the operator point of view for over two decades, I understand the tremendous value of the partnership, mentorship, education and peer activation that Edison Edge provides. It’s also exciting to be a part of a culture of ‘fierce stewardship’ – of time, money and resources – and a team dedicated to leveraging those assets with passion, excellence and integrity. I look forward to harnessing this as we continue to expand the ways we help our management teams build market leadership.” said Myers.
A dynamic leader, Myers brings more than 20 years of operating experience in executive management, business strategy, go-to-market and corporate development across industry sectors and stages in which Edison Partners invests. Most recently, during his tenure at SundaySky, he held several go-to-market leadership positions and led a multi-faceted sell-side process, resulting in a successful $100+ million private equity transaction. Earlier in his career, Myers helped Exstream Software grow revenues by five times in four years, and successfully exit to Hewlett Packard.
Edison Partners targets high-growth financial technology, healthcare IT and vertical SaaS and marketplace companies located outside Silicon Valley with $10 million to $30 million in revenue. Investments also include buyouts, recapitalizations, spinouts, and secondary stock purchases. Edison’s active portfolio has created aggregated market value exceeding $10 billion. The firm manages $1.6 billion in assets.
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