High-Growth CEO Forum™ to Start Southeast Operations in Charlotte; Susan Gauff Selected as Leader

The Catlin & Cookman Group expands to the Southeast to offer their successful High-Growth CEO Forums(TM) for investor-back companies. Susan Gauff will lead the Southeast operations from Charlotte, NC. More than 70 members currently participate in Forums worldwide and, on average, have experienced 75% CAGR after one year. Participants are currently being recruited from the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida.

High-Growth CEO Forum™ to Start  Southeast Operations in Charlotte; Susan Gauff Selected as Leader
Charlotte, NC, February 27, 2009 --(PR.com)-- The Catlin & Cookman Group announces that they will expand their business to the Southeast, opening operations in Charlotte, NC to offer their successful, trademarked High-Growth CEO Forums. The Forums provide a unique opportunity for investor-backed CEOs to work together on their individual business issues.

The Catlin & Cookman Group has selected Susan T. Gauff to lead the Southeast operations. Ms. Gauff comes to Catlin & Cookman with extensive experience in business consulting and senior-level corporate positions. As founder of The Growth Solutions Group, Ms. Gauff has worked closely with senior executive teams, coaching leaders to put strategy into action. She has also held C-level leadership positions with Sarnoff Corp., Lexmark International and Siemens Communications Systems.

Operating in the Boston area for 10 years, the High-Growth CEO Forums have 70+ members participating worldwide. Boston members alone represent $445M in funding and over $580M in revenue. On average, member companies have experienced 75% CAGR after one year of membership. Ninety-eight percent of participants continue their membership after the first year.

“I am pleased to be associated with a firm which has such an extraordinary track record,” said Ms. Gauff. “Since 1998, dozens of emerging growth companies have led their organizations to significant and sustainable growth by applying ideas and best practices they’ve gained through participation in High-Growth CEO Forums.” Many of these CEOs, from companies such as Constant Contact, iRobot and e-Dialog, have credited the forums with being “fundamental to my success” and “my most valuable sounding board.”

The first Forum to be made up of six founding members will meet in the Charlotte area. Founding members will determine the group’s general direction and have approval on additional new members. Expansion to Raleigh, Columbia and Greenville, SC, Atlanta and Florida is expected over time.

Unique to the CEO peer group category, Catlin & Cookman offers a personalized problem-solving approach to each member’s individual challenges. Typical topics include managing through the current economic turbulence, building a world-class management team and implementing best practices for dynamic growth. Open by invitation only to investor-backed companies, the Forums always cover topics highly relevant to specific needs.

All High-Growth CEO Forums use the depth and relevance of the Catlin & Cookman Group’s intellectual property including Katherine Catlin’s co-authored books Leading at the Speed of Growth and Building the Awesome Organization published by The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The process includes cutting edge tools, models and performance evaluators to frame discussion and deliver actionable insights.

For additional information about High-Growth CEO Forums, visit www.ceoexchange.com or phone Susan Gauff at (704) 447-7437.

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High-Growth CEO Forum (TM) Overview

High-Growth CEO Forum (TM) Overview

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