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Edward C. Williams III

Chairman of the Board

Biography

Ned helps expansion stage companies accelerate business development and sales and marketing growth with a level-headed approach that reflects his broad-based business and investment experience. He also serves on Brook’s Investment Committee and Board of Directors.

Helping entrepreneurs and investors succeed is Ned’s passion. He relies on proven best practices to support sustained growth trajectories and identify compatible acquisition targets. With a discerning eye for creativity and balance, he builds management teams and Boards that collaborate effectively to achieve strategic and operational success. Portfolio companies such as V12 Data, SilverRail Technology, Cole Information, Certica Solutions, and Baby Earth draw on Ned’s command of sales and marketing to refine strategic positioning and excel in competitive industries.

Ned leverages his past experience and lessons learned in corporate finance, sales, and marketing to help portfolio companies avoid potholes and optimize growth. Before joining Brook, he served as lead investor in FreeMarkets OnLine, Constant Contact and a series of other successful ventures. In the early ’90s Ned worked in Morgan Stanley’s Global Asset Management Division, where he helped market more than 25 IPOs, including Netscape and the spinout of Lucent Technologies from AT&T.

Ned enjoys contributing to the growth of New England’s innovation economy. He is a director and steering committee member of The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center, and he sits on the Executive Committee member of the University of Massachusetts Technology Advisory Council.