Cyprium Partners Adds John Ward To Its Advisory Council

Cyprium Partners, a private equity firm that makes non-control investments in privately held companies, has added John Ward to its Advisory Council. The Council is made up of experienced operating executives with diverse and complimentary industry and functional expertise (for more information see

Mr. Ward, a professional private equity investor and private company board director for nearly eighteen years, will focus on technology and technology-enabled business services companies for Cyprium.

Mr. Ward has made successful investments across a range of industries including Telecommunications, Data Centers, Hosting/Managed IT Services, Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”), Cloud Based Technologies, Security Services, and Energy Services. The common thread among these projects has been a services based recurring revenue model or a unique economic advantage enabled by the application of information technology. His functional expertise is in the areas of business model optimization; go-to-market strategies; executive team recruitment and development; and mergers and acquisitions integration.

Mr. Ward has sat on numerous private company boards of directors, including Xactly Corporation; Fusepoint Managed Services (acquired by Savvis); Specialty Security Strategies; Attenda, Ltd.; NuVox Communications (acquired by Windstream); and Fusion Media Group. Mr. Ward is the Managing Partner of Unit Economic Investors of Boston and Jacksonville, FL and Unit Economic Advisors in Jacksonville, FL. In his early career, following five years of service as an officer with United States Naval Intelligence, Mr. Ward worked for Fidelity Investments as a sales representative and then began his tenure as a venture investor in 1996 at BancBoston Capital. He went on to become a General Partner at M/C Venture Partners (now M/C Partners) and then a Managing Director at Key Venture Partners, both in the Boston area.

Mr. Ward has a B.A. from Middlebury College; an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College; and an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

“Cyprium is proud to have John Ward join us as an Advisory Council member,” said Mike Conaton, Managing Partner at Cyprium and coordinator of the firm’s Advisory Council team. “John has been a friend of the firm for years and brings a keen eye in high growth sectors and quickly scalable business models.”

Cyprium Partners is a private equity firm focused on non-control (minority ownership) investments. Cyprium utilizes a combination of subordinated debt, preferred stock, and/or common stock to enable privately-held businesses, entrepreneurs, and management teams to achieve their financial and strategic objectives. With offices in Cleveland, New York, and Chicago, the firm invests $10 million to $60 million per transaction in U.S. and Canadian companies with $8 million or more of EBITDA. Learn more about Cyprium Partners at:

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