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Sumeru Equity Partners Acquires Telesoft; Appoints Kevin Donoghue CEO; Partnership Accelerates Growth of Leader in Communications Expense & Mobility Management Software

calendarAugust 31, 2016
Sumeru Equity Partners Acquires Telesoft; Appoints Kevin Donoghue CEO; Partnership Accelerates Growth of Leader in Communications Expense & Mobility Management Software

Telesoft, a trusted leader in communications expense and mobility management software and solutions, announced that Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP)—along with company founder Thierry Zerbib and management—has acquired the company and madea strategic investment in support of the company’s growth and product development initiatives. Alongside the investment, Telesoft’s Board of Directors has appointed KevinDonoghue as Chief Executive Officer and Director and Brian Martin as Chief Operating Officer. Zerbib—industry pioneer and expert in the communications management space— will continue to oversee the company’s technology platform in his new role as ChiefTechnology Officer as well as retain significant equity interest and Board representation.

Telesoft provides dynamic solutions to the continually increasing complexity that enterprises face in managing corporate communications across mobile, IP / fixed and cloud lines and devices. Telesoft Connect is an internally developed software product—built on the fully integrated Purpose-Driven Platform—that enables organizations to drive savings and provides a versatile toolset for ongoing management through a single, innovative interface. Customers utilize Connect to manage mobility, cloud and fixed footprints as well as usage, IT inventory, expense validation, cost reporting and financial system integration.Today, Telesoft serves over 200 enterprise clients representing billions of dollars of communications expense and mobility spend in the most complex, challenging and advanced enterprise environments in the world.

“We are excited to partner with SEP as we continue to maintain our industry-leading customer-focused approach,” said Zerbib. “Their management-centric partnership philosophy and focus in the areas of product innovation and go-to-market strategy will enable Telesoft to increase investment in new products, customer delivery and the company’s employee base. As an organization, we look forward to continued leadership from Kevin and Brian as we drive new, disruptive products and global expansion.”

Donoghue is an accomplished software leader and brings over 30 years of technology experience, having most recently served as President of Telesoft for the past 7 years.Donoghue’s career also includes leadership roles at NetPro, Intesource, Viasoft and IBM.

“Enterprise customers have benefited from a long-standing partnership with Telesoft as their own needs in managing communications and devices have become more complex,” said Donoghue. “When I joined Telesoft, I was highly enthusiastic about the company’sreputation and core values in addressing the growing TEM and mobility needs for customers. Since then, Telesoft has furthered these values and organically continued to add many Global 1000 enterprise customers while advancing a well-regarded product platform that addresses traditional and new areas of TEM and mobility. As CEO of Telesoft, I remain committed to our customer oriented tradition and to advancingour leadership position in the industry.”

As a part of the investment, SEP Managing Directors Kyle Ryland, George Kadifa and Sanjeet Mitra will join the Telesoft Board of Directors.

“Enterprise customers are spending increasing portions of their IT budgets on communications—particularly in the era of BYOD, cloud and Internet of Things connectivity. We believe Telesoft is well-positioned to deliver leading technology solutionsto an expanding base of satisfied enterprise customers,” said George Kadifa and SanjeetMitra, Managing Directors at Sumeru Equity Partners. “We look forward to partnering withKevin, Thierry and Telesoft management to seek to accelerate growth and maintain thecompany’s decades-long customer-centric strategy.”

The transaction closed in August 2016 and financial details were not disclosed. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. provided financial advisory services to Telesoft in connection with the transaction.

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