Mr. McGovern founded Marlin 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 and Investment Committees. 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 M&A 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 his prior firm, the Gores Group,
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).