Ken Marlin is Managing Partner and Founder of Marlin & Associates. Ken has spent over the past 25 years leading and advising international middle-market firms. He has been CEO of global firms and has bought, sold and raised growth capital for his own companies along with advising dozens of others. Immediately before founding M&A, Ken led the Business Information and Internet practice at the media merchant bank and private equity fund Veronis Suhler Stevenson.
Earlier in his business career, Ken was Senior Vice President for Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions at Dun & Bradstreet, which then owned such companies as Moody’s Investors Service, Interactive Data Corporation, Datastream International, Reuben H. Donnelley, IMS Health, ACNielsen, Nielsen Media Research, D&B Software, D&B Plan Services, D&B Credit Services and a majority stake in Gartner Group. At D&B, Ken led over 60 transactions involving US and non-US firms, including transactions in 13 countries. During Apartheid, Ken led the divestiture of three companies that D&B controlled in South Africa. He also led efforts to establish a direct presence in countries such as Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong; and to expand presence in countries such as Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Before the fall of the Soviet Union, Ken led D&B’s efforts to establish business information collection infrastructure in a number of Soviet Bloc countries. Later, Ken assumed a group operating role.
Ken then took the position of President and CEO of Telekurs (NA) a global information technology and data firm owned by a consortium of Swiss banks. Four years later, with venture backing, Ken and his partners acquired a large portion of Telekurs NA and used that base to form Telesphere Corporation, where he was President and CEO. Ken grew Telesphere, in part, by raising growth capital and acquiring complementary businesses in Europe and Asia and by joint venturing with Japan’s Nomura Research Institute. Three years later, Ken and his partners sold Telesphere to Bridge Information Systems, where he took the position of Executive Vice President with responsibility for global marketing as well as global infrastructure products.
Ken is quoted regularly in publications ranging from Business Week and Forbes, to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and other major publications worldwide. He has been the subject of interviews on business-radio and television programs including CBS News, BBC-Worldwide, FoxNews, Fox Business, Dow Jones MarketWatch, and CNBC. In 2010, Ken was named as one of the 25 inaugural members of the Market Data Hall of Fame. In 2011, Institutional Investor ("II"), the international publisher, named Ken as one of II’s “Tech 50”, which honors the 50 most “disruptive” figures in the financial technology sector. His biography is listed in “Who’s Who in the World”; “Who’s Who in America”; “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry”.
Ken earned a BA from the University of California (Irvine), an MBA from UCLA, and a post-MBA Advanced Professional Certificate in Corporate Strategy from New York University. He is a former Captain and infantry company commander in the US Marine Corps (serving two tours in the Far East), and a former board member of the American Red Cross of Greater New York and the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. Currently, Ken is a member of the Board of Directors of the Phoenix House Foundation as well as a Board Member of the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. He also works to support the Wall Street Warriors Foundation as well as the BJ/SPSA Homeless shelter, where he and his daughter are regular overnight volunteers. Ken lives in Manhattan with his wife, daughter, a dog, a cat, and a turtle.