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Kathleen Thomas Leaves Drake Star, Joins JEGI as Managing Director

Danica Tormohlen
, Editor-at-Large
May 8, 2017
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New York—JEGI, an independent investment bank for the global media, information, marketing, software and tech‐enabled services sectors, has hired Kathleen Thomas as Managing Director. Thomas, who most recently served as a Managing Partner for Drake Star Partners (formerly Redwood Capital), has more than 20 years of experience specializing in M&A advisory across the B2B and consumer media, communications and marketing services sectors. At JEGI, she will focus on further expanding the company’s global leadership across these core markets.

Before Drake Star Partners, Thomas led the media and marketing services practice at Berkery Noyes for 12 years, and she served nine years at Veronis Suhler Stevenson. Thomas was instrumental in the successful completion of more than 100 transactions, including deals involving Informa, Thomson Reuters, Euromoney, Wolters Kluwer, LexisNexis and Emerald Expositions.

“We are delighted to welcome Kathleen on board,” said Wilma Jordan, Founder & CEO of JEGI. “She and Richard Mead, our long‐tenured Managing Director and B2B specialist, together bring a formidable depth of experience and portfolio of successful transactions across the B2B media, information and marketing sectors, with a special focus on events, that is unmatched in the industry.”

Thomas told TSE the timing was right. “I am thrilled to join JEGI and its unique investment banking platform, where I can leverage my advisory experience and deep network of industry relationships with JEGI’s resources, strong global brand and thought leadership excellence,” Thomas said. “I look forward to working closely with my new team to offer a broader capability set and further maximize value for our clients.” 

Thomas is already working on two deals with Mead. “After competing with Richard and JEGI for years, I’m happy to be on the same team at the largest investment banking platform in this space,” she said. “The M&A activity in this sector continues to be strong.”

Reach Kathleen Thomas at (212) 754-0710 or kathleent@jegi.com

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