Newport Partners Income Fund
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Newport Partners Income Fund

December 01, 2008 08:25 ET

Newport Partners Income Fund Appoints New CEO

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The Board of Trustees of Newport Partners Income Fund (TSX:NPF.UN) ("the Fund") announced today that Peter Wallace has resigned as the Fund's President and Chief Executive Officer. The Board has appointed Dean MacDonald as President and Chief Executive Officer to replace Mr. Wallace. These changes are effective immediately.

"Peter was the driving force responsible for founding the Fund as a platform for investing in established private businesses built by successful entrepreneurs," said Aubrey Baillie, Executive Chairman. "This strategic focus remains at the centre of the Fund's investment philosophy. However, the Fund's performance has failed to meet investor expectations and we have determined that leadership with more direct operational experience coupled with financial capabilities is needed to achieve improved returns from the investments in the portfolio. We are pleased that Peter has agreed to remain a Director of Newport Partners GP Inc."

"As a significant unitholder I am supportive of this change and look forward to continuing my involvement as a Board member," said Peter Wallace.

Dean MacDonald, 49, joins the Fund after a long and successful career building and managing public and private companies. His operating experience includes serving as the Chief Operating Officer of Rogers Cable and as the Chief Executive Officer of Persona Communications, a TSX-listed cable and internet services company from 2004 to 2007. Mr. MacDonald worked with a syndicate of investment partners to turn around Persona's operations and subsequently sold the business at a significant premium to its purchase price in 2007. Mr. MacDonald has served as chairman of the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro Corporation which manages the province's oil and gas assets. His past investment record also includes a number of successful investments in advertising, marketing and communications companies. In 2007, Mr. MacDonald was selected as CEO of the Year by Birch Hill Capital Partners. He has been an investor in the Fund since 2005 and currently holds approximately 480,000 units.

"I'm focused on two priorities in the short term. One is to build a stronger capital base for the Fund. The other is to work closely with the operating partners to identify opportunities for growth, efficiency and improved financial performance," said Mr. MacDonald. "I plan to update shareholders early in the new year as and when our rate of progress on both of these fronts can be demonstrated."

About Newport Partners Income Fund

Newport Partners Income Fund is an unincorporated, open-ended trust created to hold, through its investment in Newport Partners Commercial Trust, interests in Newport Private Yield LP, a limited partnership established under the laws of the Province of Ontario. NPF began trading on the TSX on August 8, 2005 under the symbol NPF.UN.

Newport Partners Income Fund is a publicly-traded diversified fund that invests in successful Canadian private businesses run by proven entrepreneurs at reasonable prices. We target above-average rates of return by putting our money to work behind talented entrepreneurs who have a record of success in their business and a growth opportunity for the future. The Fund currently has $542 million invested in 17 companies representing a diverse cross-section of the Canadian economy.

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