Cowen Group, Inc. (“Cowen”) (NASDAQ:COWN) today announced the appointment of technology veteran, Joseph Bronson, as Strategic Advisor to Cowen and Company’s investment banking division. In this role, Mr. Bronson will work closely with Cowen’s investment banking team to broaden client relationships and provide senior level advice to the firm and clients. Mr. Bronson joins Cowen following more than 30 years of operational and advisory experience in the technology industry. He has held senior management roles at some of the largest publicly-traded semiconductor corporations, including Applied Materials, a top supplier of equipment to the global semiconductor industry, and Sanmina, a global electronic manufacturing services provider. His distinguished career also includes senior management and board positions with several other public and privately-held companies within the technology, materials and engineering industries as well as advisory roles with numerous technology companies on matters related to finance and operations. Kevin Raidy, Cowen’s Head of Investment of Banking, said, “Joe is an accomplished and well-respected industry veteran who brings deep domain knowledge and extensive long-term relationships to our technology practice. His deep roots in technology will be a valuable resource to the firm as well as current and prospective clients. We welcome Joe to our team.” Mr. Bronson added, “This is a great opportunity to be a part of Cowen, a firm that has been a leading voice in technology for half a century. This is an ideal platform to apply my knowledge and insights within the technology sector. I’m excited to work with this team of professionals who are committed to providing clients with world-class insights, advice and execution services.” Mr. Bronson is a founding principal of The Bronson Group, LLC, a business consulting firm that provides financial and operational advice. From 2009-2010, Mr. Bronson was Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Valley Technology Corporation, a private company that provides technical services to the semiconductor and solar industries.
Mr. Bronson served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Sanmina from 2007-2008. From 2004 through 2007, Mr. Bronson was President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of FormFactor, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced semiconductor wafer probe cards. Previously, Mr. Bronson was with Applied Materials for 21 years. He served as Chief Financial Officer for six years of those years after holding a variety of senior level operations management roles.Mr. Bronson currently sits on the board of directors of Maxim Integrated, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., SDC Materials, and Ryan Herco Flow Solutions. Previous board memberships include Sanmina and Advanced Energy Industries. Mr. Bronson holds a BS in Accounting from Fairfield University and an MBA in Financial Management from The University of Connecticut School of Business. About Cowen Group, Inc. Cowen Group, Inc. is a diversified financial services firm and, together with its consolidated subsidiaries, provides alternative asset management, investment banking, research, and sales and trading services through its two business segments: Ramius and its affiliates make up the Company’s alternative investment segment, while Cowen and Company and its affiliates make up the Company’s broker-dealer segment. Ramius provides alternative asset management solutions to a global client base and manages a significant portion of Cowen’s proprietary capital. Cowen and Company and its affiliates offer industry focused investment banking for growth-oriented companies, domain knowledge-driven research and a sales and trading platform for institutional investors. Founded in 1918, the firm is headquartered in New York and has offices located in major financial centers around the world.