SourceMedia Appoints New Capital Markets Group Leadership Team

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Harry Nikpour Named VP and Group Publisher; Michael Ballinger to Lead The Bond Buyer

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The new leadership team brings extensive experience in managing paid-subscription information resources, as well as in developing strategic marketing programs that serve client needs.

SourceMedia – a B2B information and marketing solutions company focused on the financial services industry – today announced the promotions of Harry Nikpour to Vice President, Capital Markets, and of Michael Ballinger to Publisher of The Bond Buyer, the company’s flagship publication covering the U.S. municipal bond market.

The new leadership team brings extensive experience in managing paid-subscription information resources, as well as in developing strategic marketing programs that serve client needs. These capabilities are well aligned with SourceMedia’s strategic focus on expanding digital and marketing solutions activities and growing subscription revenues.

“Harry and Michael are collaborative, creative industry leaders who understand how to navigate a fast-changing media and communications landscape,” said Doug Manoni, Chief Executive Officer of SourceMedia. “They have strong track records of delivering innovative solutions on behalf of our marketing partners.”

Nikpour brings more than 15 years of experience in financial information publishing. He rejoined SourceMedia in 2011 as Capital Markets Group Advertising Director and Publisher of Mergers & Acquisitions, the company’s magazine and online resource covering middle market deal-making.

Under his leadership, Mergers & Acquisitions – published in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth –nearly tripled its revenues. Nikpour was the founder of DealMaker Portal, a website and database company that facilitates targeted searches for professionals in the mergers and acquisitions industry. He earlier served as Associate Publisher of The Deal and, in a previous stint at SourceMedia, managed Money Management Executive, a news service focusing on the mutual-fund industry.

Ballinger is a 25-year veteran of the municipal bond industry who served in senior marketing management roles at several bond insurance companies before joining The Bond Buyer as National Sales Manager in 2010. In that role, he expanded the brand’s digital capabilities and launched numerous new products and innovative partnerships, including an annual report on “Trailblazing Women in Public Finance” in cooperation with the Northeast Women in Public Finance. Prior to joining The Bond Buyer, he was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Communications at CIFG, and earlier held a similar role at MBIA Inc.

The promotions fill the vacancy created by the departure of Michael Stanton, who had held the position of SVP, Capital Markets since 2008. In November, Stanton will join Build America Mutual (BAM), the bond insurance company, as Head of Corporate Strategy and Communications.

“We thank Mike Stanton for his service to SourceMedia and its brands – particularly his 18-year affiliation with The Bond Buyer – and we wish him well in his new role at BAM,” Manoni said.

About SourceMedia and the Capital Markets Group    
SourceMedia, an Investcorp company, is a business to business media and marketing solutions company serving the financial industry and the related fields of professional services and technology. SourceMedia offers its clients and subscribers professional information services, industry-standard research, data applications, in-depth seminars and conferences, and specialized marketing services.

SourceMedia’s Capital Markets Group includes The Bond Buyer, the dominant news source for the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal-finance industry; Mergers & Acquisitions, published in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth to cover middle-market dealmaking; Traders Magazine; Asset Securitization Report, Leveraged Finance News, and Private Placement Letter.

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