Patti Leahy is a strategic business advisor to companies undergoing transformation including strategy pivots, M&A transactions, and operational turnarounds. Previously, she was vice president at Benefitfocus, a NASDAQ-listed SaaS technology provider where she was responsible for IR and ESG as well as launching the company’s startup accelerator. Prior to these roles she spent over 20 years as an executive at various domestic and international companies within the technology, communication services and media sectors. Ms. Leahy also has investment banking and M&A experience from UBS in London and Frankfurt.
Ms. Leahy’s corporate experience includes leading investor relations for the UK’s largest media company which was recognized as the best performing NASDAQ stock in the year following its operational turnaround and leading a $160 million 200-person business unit through successful reorganization.
In addition to her role as Director for SC Launch, where she serves on the Audit and Finance Committee, Ms. Leahy is a board member at Enterprise Investors, the oldest and one of the largest private equity firms in Central and Eastern Europe specializing in mid-market succession-driven buyout transactions and the provision of expansion financing to high-growth businesses.
Ms. Leahy earned an MBA in Finance and German from Thunderbird, the Global School of Management at ASU and a BA in International Relations from Oklahoma State University. Ms. Leahy has extensive experience working abroad and is professionally proficient in German. She has resided in Charleston, SC since 2010 with her husband Matt, an estate planning attorney, and their two sons.