David McGovern founded Marlin Equity Partners in 2005 and has been a
private equity investor since 1999. He is Managing Partner of the firm
and Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee.
Mr. McGovern and the Marlin investment team have successfully initiated
and executed a unique model of investing in operationally and
financially challenged growth businesses. Marlin's investment philosophy
centers around a core set of principles focused on partnering with
management to execute strategies for long-term value creation.
Mr. McGovern has significant expertise in the mergers and acquisitions
process, corporate strategy, turnarounds and acquisition integration. He
has been involved in all aspects of acquiring and managing investments,
including deal sourcing and qualification, transaction execution,
portfolio oversight as both a director and officer, and realizations
through sales, public offerings and recapitalizations. Mr. McGovern has
served as an officer and/or a member of the Board of Directors for
numerous highly successful businesses, including Emptoris, Solarsoft,
Aldon and Intuitive Manufacturing Systems and, while at Gores, Verifone,
The Learning Company, Aprisma Management Technologies, Anker BV, Global
Tel*Link, and Proxicom, among others.
Prior to his private equity career, Mr. McGovern was a senior investment
banker at CIBC and an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He earned a
J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where he was an editor of The
Georgetown Law Journal (law review) and a B.S. in Finance from Louisiana
State University (Beta Gamma Sigma).