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Every Petsky Prunier engagement receives the highest level of attention from the senior members of our firm. Our leadership team includes a balance of accomplished former industry executives, experienced private equity investors, and career investment bankers. Together, we offer clients an unparalleled resource and distinguished track record of providing the highest standard of investment banking advice and strategic counsel.

John Prunier, Partner

John Prunier has spent more than 20 years covering the media, information, and marketing services industries as a career investment banker. Along with Petsky Prunier’s other partners, John leads client engagements as well as manages the firm’s team of merger & acquisition professionals.

Prior to co-founding Petsky Prunier and Winterberry Group in 1999, John served as the head of the business information services and education publishing group at Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS), a New York merchant bank specializing in the media and communications industry. During his tenure at VSS, he led numerous transactions across a broad span of media sectors, including consumer magazine publishing, cable television and information services. Prior to joining VSS, John served as an associate with Morgan, Hughes & Company, a Greenwich, Connecticut-based investment firm. He began his career as a financial analyst at Merrill Lynch in the company's Los Angeles-based public finance group.

As an industry expert, John has been a featured speaker at industry conferences, including those sponsored by the Electronic Retailing Association, ICOM, American Medical Publishers Association, IAB, Directory & Database Publishers Association (U.K.) and the Professional/Scholarly Publishers Division of the Association of American Publishers.

John holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Selected transactions completed by John include:

  • Sale of Periscope to Quad/Graphics
  • WillowTree's significant investment from Insignia Capital
  • Sale of THP to Williams Lea Tag
  • Sale of SWC Technology Partners to BDO USA
  • Sale of mTAB to Milestone Partners
  • Reply's majority investment in Valorem
  • Sale of Invodo to Industrial Color Studios
  • Peloton Advantage's growth investment from Amulet Capital Partners
  • Carlton Group's Investment from H.I.G. Growth Partners
  • Sale by Ziff Davis of Cambridge BioMarketing to UDG Healthcare
  • Deluxe Corp.'s $200MM acquisition of First Manhattan Consulting Group
  • Sale of Madison Logic to Clarion Capital Partners
  • R2integrated's majority investment from Baird Capital
  • Hero Digital's majority investment from CI Capital Partners
  • Centerfield's significant growth recapitalization from H.I.G. Growth Partners
  • Sale of CineSport to OneUp Sports
  • Sale of Cambridge BioMarketing to Everyday Health
  • Sale of DDC Advocacy to Omnicom's DAS Group of Companies
  • Sale of Visible Technologies to GTCR-owned Vocus and Cision
  • Sale of TagMan to Ensighten
  • Datamark's acquisition of select assets from Altius Education
  • Sale of CitizenHawk to the Corporate Legal Services (CLS) unit of Wolters Kluwer NV
  • Sale of Marketing Drive and WELD media to Match Marketing Group
  • Sale of AdCloud GmbH to Deutsche Post AG
  • Sale of Pareto Corporation to The Riverside Company
  • SpotXchange’s Growth Equity Financing from H.I.G. Growth Partners
  • Sale of Nimblefish Technologies to R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
  • Sale of Alloy’s FrontLine Marketing to Acosta Sales & Marketing
  • Sale of eCircle AG to TA Associates
  • Divestiture of Carlson Marketing to Groupe Aeroplan (Aimia)
  • Sale of On Target Media to Catterton Partners
  • Sale of Quotient Marketing to Fishbowl
  • Sale of Target Analysis Group and Target Software to Blackbaud
  • Haggin Marketing’s major investment from Lake Capital Management
  • Acquisition of Dynamics Direct by Alterian
  • Sale of ICOM to The Loyalty Group (Alliance Data Systems Corporation)
  • Vacation Connections’ majority interest sale to The Cypress Group
  • Sale of MailSouth to New Mountain Capital and MailSouth Senior Management
  • Acquisition of SRI Analytics by Aspen Marketing
  • Sale of ATC Agency Services to Lake Capital
  • Sale of Triplex Direct Marketing Corporation to InfoUSA
  • Sale of Yesmail.com to InfoUSA
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