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PE-backed Sterling Infosystems names new CFO

Sterling Infosystems, which is backed by Calera Capital, has hired Daniel P. O’Brien as chief financial officer. Previously, O’Brien worked at Hawaiian Telcom Holdco where he served as CFO. Based in New York, Sterling Infosystems is a provider of employment and background screening services.


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sterling Infosystems (“Sterling”), the world’s most trusted background screening company, is pleased to welcome Daniel P. O’Brien as its new Chief Financial Officer. O’Brien joins Sterling at a pivotal point in its ambitious multi-year strategy of domestic and global corporate expansion.
“Dan brings a wealth of experience in financial and operational leadership to Sterling at a time when the company is rapidly evolving,” said Clare Hart, President of Sterling Infosystems. “We welcome his guidance and insight as we move into the next phase of Sterling’s growth strategy.”
Before joining Sterling, O’Brien spent much of his career in the telecommunications industry as CFO of Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, a former Verizon subsidiary, and Global Crossing, a subsidiary of Level 3. Earlier in his career, he led the $2 billion initial public offering of Genuity Corporation as its Chief Financial Officer. He also served as CFO for GTE Corporation, taking a leading role in its merger with Bell Atlantic. This merger led to the formation of Verizon. Most recently, O’Brien served as CFO of Jackson Hewitt, the tax preparation firm, where he worked to complete the debt restructuring for the company.
“Sterling has experienced strong growth in recent years, despite a poor economic climate,” said O’Brien. “I am confident that my global and public company experience can help Sterling solidify its leadership position while expanding into new markets worldwide.”
O’Brien holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a BS from Boston College.
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About Sterling Infosystems
Sterling Infosystems is one of the largest background check companies in the world. Led by founder William Greenblatt since 1976, Sterling is chosen by over 25% of the Fortune 100 and over 20,000 organizations to help them hire and retain the right people. As a global background check leader, Sterling has 2,400 people in 12 offices in five countries. Sterling’s people bring expertise in compliance, client experience and applicant experience. Connected by the world’s most advanced background check technology platform, and backed by strong financials, Sterling continuously reinvests in its business to ensure it remains a global leader.
In December 2010, Calera Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm, invested in Sterling in partnership with founder William Greenblatt and the company’s management team.