Leadership

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John Signa, Managing Director 
John Signa is co-founder and Managing Director of Element78, where he is responsible for the overall strategy and operational direction of the firm and managing key client relationships. John has 15 years of experience spanning across financial services and private equity, and specializes in corporate finance, capital markets, valuations, and strategic planning. Prior to Element78, John worked at Sterling Partners, a private equity firm with approximately $5 billion of assets under management, as a vice president in the corporate finance group. John holds a B.S. in accounting from Dominican University and MBA with concentration in finance from The Brennan School of Business at Dominican University. John is a certified public accountant (inactive) and certified valuation analyst.

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Harry Barnes, Managing Director
Harry Barnes is a co-founder and Managing Director of Element78 and leads the firm’s strategic advisory practice. Harry’s responsibilities include transaction origination, due diligence, deal structuring and negotiation. Harry has over 20 years of experience spanning across strategy, banking, capital raising, structured finance, and private wealth management. Prior to Element78, Harry was a Managing Director at Growth Advisory Partners, a firm focused on advising business owners, family offices and private equity firms on raising capital and making direct investments in middle-market companies. Harry holds a B.B.A cum laude in economics and MIS from Ohio University, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with concentrations in strategy, analytical consulting and marketing.

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Adam East, Principal
Adam East is a co-founder and Principal, responsible for leading the firm’s financial consulting practice. Prior to Element78, Adam worked at Sterling Partners as the Director of Portfolio Reporting, where he was responsible for managing a team that monitored and evaluated the financial and operational performance of Sterling’s portfolio companies. Adam has nearly a decade of experience as a senior analyst and specializes in due diligence, analytics and financial reporting. Adam holds a B.B.A cum laude in finance from Loyola University.

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Lea Yared, Principal
Lea Yared is a Principal, responsible for delivery and execution of M&A advisory and consulting services. Prior to joining Element78, Lea was a Director on the Strategy and Corporate Development team at Tradeweb, where she was focused on developing and executing firm-wide strategy as well as acquisition and strategic partnership opportunities. Lea was actively involved in deal structuring, negotiations, due diligence, valuations, business strategy and analytics, and market intelligence research. Prior to joining Tradeweb, Lea worked in private equity on leveraged buyout transactions at CCMP Capital and was an analyst in J.P. Morgan's Private Banking division. Lea received a B.S., magna cum laude, from Boston College's Carroll School of Management Honors Program with majors in finance and political science.

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