Ken Bresnen is Managing Director and Founder of Denary LLC, an investment banking and corporate development advisory firm. Ken has served in senior operational and corporate development roles in several large companies and early-stage ventures in the computer equipment, advanced electronics, telecommunications, software, and Internet industries and in several heavy industrial industries. He has lived and worked in the U.S. and Europe and has extensive worldwide business experience.
At Denary, Ken has been an advisor for several years to a variety of industrial and technology companies on investment banking and corporate development matters including: Valued-directedtm growth strategy, operational excellence, rapid scaling, mergers and acquisitions, institutional funding and other strategic transactions. Prior to forming Denary, Ken Bresnen was a Managing Director of The Catalyst Group, an international investment-banking firm with offices in Europe and the U.S. that specialized in mergers and acquisitions in the information technology, electronics, semiconductor, telecommunications, Internet and technical services industries. M&A transactions have been typically domestic and cross-border sell-side or buy-side engagements in the $10 – 200 million range. Ken has helped early stage companies raise equity funds from accredited investors, corporations and institutional investors. He has managed the sale of middle-market technology companies to corporations and private equity firms, including for example Carlyle, JMI and Veritas Capital.
Prior to this, Ken was Chairman and CEO of Trialsmith Inc., a highly successful legal information Internet business serving 60,000 attorneys. Before that, he was the founder and Managing Director of The Software Atelier, a community of early-stage software companies, and Founder/COO/CFO of Convergent Communications Inc., a supplier of private-label communications networks.
Ken Bresnen began his career as a semiconductor production engineer with Texas Instruments in Freising, Germany. He then served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force – Strategic Air Command as an ICBM combat crewmember. Later Ken was a civilian consultant to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of East-West Trade on telecommunications in the Soviet Union. Subsequently, Ken was a member of one of the first U.S.-sponsored trade delegations to China. During his early career, he worked for Air Products and Chemicals (metallurgical and welding systems), Unit Rig and Equipment (heavy mining equipment) and the Telex Corporation (computer products). At Telex, he served in senior corporate development, operational, planning and financial roles and managed the post-merger integration of several Memorex operations. He has directed turnarounds in two troubled businesses: a California-based privately-owned $10 million software company and an $85million, 350 person electronics manufacturing and service parts logistics division of a public company.
Ken holds an MBA from the Wharton School and was a Wharton Public Policy Fellow. He received a BS Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M. He was a Global Board Member of the Association for Corporate Growth, Past President of ACG in Central Texas and Co-Chairman of the Texas ACG Capital Connection. Ken Bresnen is an active member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and is recognized as an NACD Leadership Fellow.
Ken obtained the Series 79, 62, 63 and SIE securities licenses and has extensive experience with the private equity industry.