Investment Professionals

George Needham
General Partner

Telephone: (212) 371-8300
Email: gneedham@needhamco.com

George Needham co-founded Needham & Company in 1985, a leading investment banking firm specializing in emerging growth companies. He was formerly a managing director of The First Boston Corporation, where he established its Business Development and Technology Groups during his 15-year career. Prior to this he was a portfolio manager in the Investment Advisory Division at Bankers Trust Company. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army and served as Company Commander of the 503rd Transportation Company in Heidelberg, West Germany. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

John Prior, Jr.
General Partner

Telephone: (212) 371-8300
Email: jprior@needhamco.com

John Prior joined Needham & Company in 1996. Mr. Prior currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Needham & Company, LLC. Formerly, Mr. Prior was the co-head of Investment Banking for the firm and directed all financial advisory activities from 1996 through 2004. He came to Needham from Lehman Brothers, where he was a managing director in the Investment Banking Division. Previously, Mr. Prior had been a general partner of Scully Brothers & Foss, an investment bank which provided financial advisory services to a number of well-known clients including IBM, Xerox, General Motors, Hughes Electronics, and EDS. He began his career at Salomon Brothers, where he was a banking officer in the Communications and Technology Group. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Thomas Shanahan
General Partner

Telephone: (650) 561-2238
Email: tshanahan@needhamco.com

Thomas Shanahan joined Needham & Company in 2002. He serves as General Partner of Needham Capital Management, LLC. Tom is the former CFO and co-founder of Agile Software Corporation (acquired by Oracle). Additional Silicon Valley experience includes CFO assignments at SBT Corporation (acquired by Computer Associates), DG FastChannel, Inc. (public) and Sherpa Corporation. He has 14 years of investment banking experience at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse). Tom served as an officer in the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. He is a Member of the Woodside Town Council and a Lecturer for the Stanford Economics Department. He is a graduate of Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa) and the Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).

Jack Iacovone
Managing Director

Telephone: (212) 705-0297
Email: jiacovone@needhamco.com

Jack Iacovone joined Needham & Company in 1995 and became President of Needham & Company, LLC. in 2017. He has been Head of Investment banking since 2009 and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions since 2012. While at Needham, Jack has assisted emerging growth companies complete over 100 equity financings and advisory transactions totaling over $75 billion in value in a variety of industries. He has also sponsored over 25 principal investments made through the firm's Private Equity Partnership, Needham Capital Partners, and has sat on the board of directors or been an observer to the board of directors of six companies. Jack previously worked within the financial services line of business at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP. He received a BS in Accounting from Pace University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. Jack is a member of the Metro New York Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.

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