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Company Overview of Marlin Equity Partners, LLC

Company Overview

Marlin Equity Partners, LLC is a private equity firm specializing in investments in emerging growth, growth capital, corporate divestiture, carve-outs, extractions, management buyouts, buy-and-build strategies, later stage, recapitalizations, PIPES, and public-to-privates transactions. The firm also invests in special situations including bankruptcies, industry consolidation, reorganization, debtor-in-possession financings, out of court restructurings, equity and debt recapitalizations, and operational turnarounds. It seeks to invest in middle market and mature companies and provides bridge financing. The firm typically invests in the technology, healthcare, consumer, services, industrials, ...

338 Pier Avenue

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

United States

Founded in 2005





Key Executives for Marlin Equity Partners, LLC

Managing Partner
Operating Partner and Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Operating Partner and General Counsel
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

Marlin Equity Partners, LLC Key Developments

Marlin Equity Partners Announces Executive Changes

Marlin Equity Partners announced the formation of a single leadership and organizational structure for its Coriant and Tellabs portfolio companies. With a focus on customer value creation, this move represents the first step in a plan to merge the networking suppliers under the Coriant brand. As part of today's announcement, the company has appointed Bob Leggett as Chairman of the Board, Pat DiPietro as Chief Executive Officer and Herbert Merz as President and Chief Operating Officer of the unified organization. Dan Kelly, who is stepping down as Tellabs' President and Chief Executive Officer, will remain in an advisory role during the transition process. Over the course of a career in technology spanning over 30 years, Mr. DiPietro has launched several highly successful networking products and start-up ventures. Mr. DiPietro has extensive executive management and R&D experience in the telecommunications and technology industries, including senior leadership roles at Nortel and Bell Northern Research. Mr. Merz, whose President and COO role includes responsibility for Coriant sales, services, operations, procurement, IT and Human Resources, has over 20 years of executive management and leadership experience, as well as a deep background in account management, services, strategic transformations and operations. Prior to leading the formation of Coriant, Mr. Merz served as the Head of Nokia Siemens Networks Optical Networks Business Unit and was a member of the Executive Board of Nokia Siemens Networks.

Marlin Equity Partners Appoints Mike Dagenais as President and CEO of its Tellabs Access Business

Marlin Equity Partners announced that it plans to establish an independent business for the Tellabs Access product portfolio. This singular focus will allow the company to accelerate Tellabs' market leadership and growth in Optical Local Area Network (OLAN) solutions for enterprises and government agencies while continuing to provide service providers with excellent residential access products. In conjunction with this announcement, Marlin has appointed Mike Dagenais as President and CEO of its Tellabs Access business. Previously, Dagenais served as CEO of Radisys Corporation and as president and CEO of Continuous Computing. Tellabs Access plans to complete the transition to an independent business in the first quarter of 2014.

Coriant Mulls Acquisitions

Coriant is looking for acquisitions. According to partner Nick Kaiser, Marlin Equity Partners, LLC views Coriant as an ideal platform for growth in the optical networking sector and is committed to extending Coriant's market position by actively pursuing both organic growth opportunities and strategic acquisition.

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