Veteran Financial Services Executive to Lead PrecisionIR to Next Level of Growth and Success through Expansion of Products and Services
RICHMOND , Va.-- (BUSINESS WIRE)--PrecisionIR Group, a worldwide provider of online investor relations services and web-based communication solutions, today announced the appointment of Steven L. Schneider as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Schneider brings to his new position extensive expertise in technology designed to support financial services and investor relations.
PrecisionIR, formerly known as WILink plc, was acquired by SV Investment Partners (“SV”), a private equity firm investing in business services companies in the lower middle market, in June 2006. As CEO, Mr. Schneider succeeds William Olson, an SV Operating Partner and PrecisionIR Board member, who was serving as interim CEO. Mr. Schneider’s appointment is effective immediately.
Nick Somers, a Partner at SV said, “PrecisionIR is well established in its field, and has an exceptional platform on which to substantially expand its business. With his long and successful tenure as a technology executive and deep understanding of listed companies’ investor relations needs, Steve is the ideal person to build on the assortment of products and services that distinguish PrecisionIR in the marketplace and further enhance the Company’s offering to its global client base.”
Mr. Schneider said, “I am delighted to join PrecisionIR at this exciting stage in its development. The Company has a large client base that is dedicated to the investor relations services it provides across multiple media channels, and there is clear opportunity to further assist our clients through the addition of enhanced investor lead generation services and large-scale corporate communications tools. The Company is well positioned to be the leader in the marketplace, and we will focus on achieving that objective through consistently improving our offering to our clients.”
Kathleen Jordan Stowe, a Principal at SV, said, “Our ability to attract an executive of Steve’s caliber and experience speaks to the great potential for ongoing growth and success at PrecisionIR. We look forward to working closely with Steve and the management team to drive the expansion of PrecisionIR’s business and to position it for long-term leadership in the provision of highly valuable investor relations services to public companies worldwide.”
Mr. Schneider brings more than two decades of operational and management experience to PrecisionIR, including several focused on investor relations and technology during the eight years he served as President and CEO of the Financial Information Division of Primark/Disclosure (now part of Thomson Financial). While there (from 1992-2000), he played a key role in transforming it into a global financial products and services company, managing multiple acquisitions and divestures. He subsequently became the Chairman and CEO of Ilumin Software Services, Inc. (20012006) where he oversaw the transformation of the Company from a start-up to a market leading provider of email compliance, archiving and litigation support applications. In October 2005, under Mr. Schneider’s tenure, Ilumin was sold to Computer Associates (NYSE:CA). Mr. Schneider received an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Detroit and a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.