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Leeds Promotes Four

Leeds Equity Partners has made four promotions: Brad Whitman and Peter Lyons from principal to managing director (Lyonds remains CFO), Atif Gilani from vice president to principal and Jesse Serventi from associate to senior associate.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Leeds Equity Partners, LLC, the New York-based private equity firm focused on the education, training and knowledge industries, announced today it has promoted four of its professionals. 

 

Effective as of year-end 2007, Brad Whitman and Peter Lyons, also the Firm's Chief Financial Officer, were each promoted from Principal to Managing Director.  Additionally, Atif Gilani was promoted from Vice President to Principal and Jesse Serventi was promoted from Associate to Senior Associate.

  

Jeffrey T. Leeds, co-founder and President of Leeds Equity said, “We are delighted to announce these promotions.  Brad, Peter, Atif and Jesse have each done an outstanding job for the Firm and we are happy today to recognize those contributions.”

  

Brad Whitman has been with Leeds Equity for three years and was involved in the acquisitions of Education Management and EduK Group, each being leading for-profit postsecondary companies in their markets, and the pending acquisition of Campus Management, which Leeds Equity announced last month.  Mr. Whitman serves on the Board of Directors of EduK Group and will serve on the Board of Campus Management.  Previously Mr. Whitman spent five years with The Carlyle Group and two years with Merrill Lynch.  Mr. Whitman graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University.

  

Peter Lyons joined Leeds Equity in 1999 as Chief Financial Officer and as an investment professional.  He has been involved in various aspects of each of the Firm's investments, including serving on the Board of Directors of Datamark, Inc.  Previously, Mr. Lyons was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, LLP.  Mr. Lyons is a graduate of New York University's Leonard M. Stern School of Business and Saint Michael's College.

 

Atif Gilani joined Leeds Equity in 2000 as an investment professional.  He has been involved in numerous investments since then, serves on the Board of Directors of Miller Heiman, Inc. and EduK Group, and will serve on the Board of Directors of Campus Management.  Prior to joining Leeds Equity, Mr. Gilani spent two years as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch.  Mr. Gilani graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Jerome Fisher program in Management & Technology with Bachelors degrees in each of Economics and Applied Science.

  

Jesse Serventi has been with Leeds Equity for two years and has been involved in EduK Group and Campus Management.  Mr. Serventi also serves on the Board of Directors for EduK Group.  Previously, Mr. Serventi spent three years with Citigroup in both the investment banking and private equity groups.  Mr. Serventi graduated summa cum laude from Bucknell University. 

 

About Leeds Equity

 

Leeds Equity Partners, LLC is a New York-based private equity firm which manages the largest private equity fund in the United States focused on investments in the education, training and information industries (“Knowledge Industries”).

 

The Firm was founded in 1993 by Jeffrey T. Leeds and Robert A. Bernstein.  The Board of Advisors of Leeds Equity includes, among others, Dr. Rod Paige, former Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush; Richard Riley, former Secretary of Education under President Clinton and two-term Governor of South Carolina; Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics; Barry Munitz, former Chancellor of the California State University school system and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust; and Tim Fitzpatrick, the former CEO of Sallie Mae Corporation.  For more information, please visit www.leedsequity.com.