SOURCE: CMEA Capital

CMEA Capital

September 28, 2010 08:00 ET

Erik Sebusch Joins CMEA Capital From UPS Pension Plan Investment Group

New Partner Brings More Than 15 Years Experience as an Investor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2010) -  CMEA Capital (www.cmea.com), an investment firm focused on energy and materials, information technology and life sciences, today announced that Erik Sebusch has joined the company as a Partner, bringing more than 15 years of investment experience as both a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and a limited partner (LP) to the firm. Sebusch joins CMEA from UPS Investments, where he managed private equity, venture capital and real estate funds.

"Limited Partners are the engine that keeps investment firms going. The firms that know exactly what their LPs want and can customize funds to meet those needs are the ones that will thrive despite the capital crunch," said Jim Watson, Managing General Partner at CMEA. "Erik's relationships and his perspective as an LP will be incredibly valuable to CMEA."

Erik Sebusch spent nearly 10 years promoting innovation, investing and making strategic venture investments for UPS. The UPS Pension Plan has investments in General Partnerships where Erik's focus included LBO, VC, distressed and real estate. Prior to that, Erik worked in the UPS Strategy Group's venture capital arm, where he was responsible for taking equity positions in startups and co-investing with venture capitalists in seed to early stage portfolio companies. Sebusch built an extensive network of fellow VCs, entrepreneurs, research labs, and angel investors.

Prior to UPS, Sebusch spent 10 years working as a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch and in private practice for High Net Worth Clients. He serves on numerous boards including CEO Ventures and American Security Challenge and is Chair of the Innovation Advisory Committee for the SouthEast Emergency Response Network (SEERN) -- one of the former information sharing pilots launched by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Erik was a member of the Institutional Limited Partnership Association and served on their Technology Steering Committee.

"The future of investment firms depends on how well it can sync with the needs of LPs who are under incredible pressure to provide solid returns in a volatile investment environment. I look forward to using my network and inside knowledge as a former LP to help CMEA best meet our LPs' needs," Sebusch said. "I am very excited to be working with such an innovative investment team."

About CMEA Capital
CMEA Capital provides capital to entrepreneurs and investors in the energy and materials, information technology, and life sciences sectors. Through its combination of solid scientific credentials and seasoned management expertise, CMEA identifies, funds and manages new businesses based on the emerging, interdisciplinary science required to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing global economy. The firm currently manages seven funds representing investments in excess of $1 billion. CMEA has been an early stage investor in many leading companies, including A123 Systems, Codexis, Entropic (ENTR), Flextronics (FLEX), Magma (LAVA), Maxygen (MAXY), Silicon Spice (BRCM), Solyndra, and Symyx (SMMX). 

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