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Advertising Holding Company Thought Leaders Rob Dickson and Donna Granato Unite to Form R&D Venture Partners

NEW YORK AND TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advertising holding company thought leaders Rob Dickson and Donna Granato announced today the launch of their new strategic advisory firm, R &D Venture Partners. Based in New York and Toronto, the firm specializes in strategic Mergers & Acquisitions, focusing on small to mid-size companies in the marketing services, ad tech and marketing tech spaces. R &D Venture Partners offers strategic planning, exit planning and M &A execution services, focusing on enhancing value for their clients. The firm will also periodically take venture investment positions in nascent business that are poised for growth.

Co-founder Rob Dickson has over 30 years experience in M &A, including over 15 years of dedicated M &A and business management experience in advertising and marketing services. Most recently Dickson was a principal in his own consulting firm, acting as an M &A advisor in the marketing services and ad tech space to numerous clients. He is an active investor in several ad tech companies including Engagement Labs, Revenue.com and Visibl. From 2000-2011 he served as Managing Director at MDC Partners where he was instrumental in transforming the business into the 8th largest advertising holding company, leading numerous acquisitions including its most famous brands, such as: 72andSunny, Anomaly, Crispin Porter+ Bogusky and Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners.

It was during his tenure at MDC Partners that he began working with Co-Founder Donna Granato, a seasoned Finance and M &A. From 2005-2012 she was a key member of the management team at MDC Partners. In her role as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, she oversaw the acquisition of over 15 marketing services companies. Throughout her over 20 year career, she has focused on managing and acquiring businesses for the world's largest holding and media companies including Tribune Media, Interpublic and Omnicom. Donna also has experience as media investment banker for Citigroup.

"With our combined holding company and media company experience, Donna and I provide a unique alternative to the M &A advisory market at the intersection of advertising, marketing services and technology," said Rob Dickson. "By virtue of our 'buy side' and strategic planning experience, we know how to do M &A on a very tactical basis as opposed to a traditional investment bank auction 'sell side' process. Together we have created a specialized process which results in strategic matches as opposed to the outcome of an undifferentiated auction process."
"We believe that our model is perfectly positioned to offer our services to small to mid-sized marketing services, ad tech and marketing tech firms who are looking for a different approach to strategic planning and exit transactions that more closely align with their ambitions. We have a very specific understanding of where they are and where they want to be, and are even prepared to invest our own capital in the firms and clients we believe in. It's exciting to have the opportunity and resources to help position entrepreneurial, innovative firms to grow and thrive and ultimately to navigate towards their own destiny," said Donna Granato.

About R &D Venture Partners:

Based in New York and Toronto, R &D Venture Partners is an entrepreneurial strategic advisory firm. We specialize in Mergers & Acquisitions, and serve as strategic advisors for small to mid-size markets in the marketing services, ad tech and marketing tech spaces. We offer strategic planning, exit planning and M &A execution services, focusing on enhancing value for their clients. We will also periodically take venture investment positions in nascent business that are poised for growth.

CONTACT: Rob Dickson rob@rdventurepartners.com 416.414.6494 Donna Granato donna@rdventurepartners.com 917.941.4448

Source:R&D Venture Partners