James Sullivan – Chief Operating Officer (Acting)
James Sullivan joined the Company in April 2005 and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer (Acting). Prior, he served as President of the Company’s Licensing and Publishing groups from March 2008 through June 2012. From January 2006 through February 2008 he served as Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Sullivan served as Managing Director at Seneca Financial Group, a restructuring firm that helps companies with their financial and operational restructuring, refinancing, asset redeployments, divestitures and acquisitions. His experience covered a variety of industries including publishing, telecom, airline, energy, retailing, steel, manufacturing, restaurant, equipment leasing and financial services, and he served as crisis manager and Chief Restructuring Officer in a number of cases.
Prior to Seneca, Mr. Sullivan was Senior Vice President at S.N. Phelps & Co., a merchant bank and holding company specializing in distressed and restructuring situations of both publicly traded and private companies from 1994 through 2001. There, he served as an officer and/or director of most of the firm’s portfolio companies and also managed and traded the firm’s equity and high-yield fixed income portfolio.
Mr. Sullivan joined S.N. Phelps from Nantucket Holding Company, where he provided strategic planning and portfolio management services for numerous companies. During his tenure at Nantucket Holding, he was also the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Houlihan/Lawrence, Inc., a full-service regional real estate company that operated under the umbrella of the Nantucket Holding Company.
Mr. Sullivan did his undergraduate work toward a B.A. in Economics from the University of Vermont as well as earning other professional designations from New York University’s Real Estate Institute.