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Stephen C. Richards

Stephen C. Richards / Operating Partner


Steve Richards joined Castanea as an Operating Partner in 2012 and has more than 30 years of experience leading senior management in organizations to maximize the execution of goals and build shareholder value. Steve's expertise focuses in particular on technology, distribution of print and online educational products, customer service, and all areas of shared service opportunities.

Prior to joining Castanea, Steve was COO and President of Decision Resources, a leading publisher of premium competitive information and market research reports for the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices and managed care industries. Prior to Decision Resources, Steve served as the COO and CFO of Princeton Review and served at COO and CFO at Houghton Mifflin, an educational publishing company in Boston, MA. Steve also served as the CFO for the worldwide Education division of Reed Elsevier and was the corporate controller of Harcourt General, Neiman Marcus and General Cinema. Additionally, Steve was CFO of the Publishing Division, Harcourt Inc.

Steve began his career at Deloitte & Touche becoming an Audit Partner after graduating from Boston University's School of Management.

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