Geoff Beattie Joins Relay Ventures as Chairman
TORONTO, ONTARIO and MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA -- (Marketwired) --
06/27/13 -- Relay Ventures today announced that Geoff Beattie has
joined the firm as Chairman. Beattie is the former CEO of The
Woodbridge Company - a privately held investment holding company for
Canada's Thomson family - where he served as president for 15 years.
A long-time advisor to Relay Ventures, Beattie was instrumental in
the launch of the firm's first mobile fund in 2008.
"We have a strong history working with Geoff, and bringing him on
board as Chairman is an important part of our strategic plan to
establish Relay Ventures as Canada's pre-eminent venture capital
firm," said John Albright, co-founder and managing partner at Relay
Relay Ventures is the only early stage venture fund in North America
focused exclusively on mobile computing. The firm has more than 40
mobile startups and later stage companies in its portfolio, and is
the only Canadian VC fund with a full-time presence in Silicon
"To be a globally competitive Canadian-based venture capital firm
requires a base of knowledge, expertise and contacts that will allow
us to scale into a larger sustainable business," says Kevin Talbot,
co-founder and managing partner at Relay Ventures. "Geoff has a
wealth of knowledge and experience in strategy, governance and
business operations that will support our long-term plans and benefit
each of our portfolio companies. We are thrilled to have him on our
"I've had the privilege of working with John and Kevin since the
inception of Relay and look forward to helping them aggressively
pursue new opportunities and achieve their objectives," says Beattie.
"As Chairman, I will readily share my insights, advice and extensive
network to further establish the firm as a global force in the
rapidly growing mobile industry."
Beattie is a well-respected and experienced corporate director and
currently serves on the boards of General Electric Company, Royal
Bank of Canada, and Maple Leaf Foods Inc., and is a trustee of the
University Health Network in Toronto. He has a law degree from the
University of Western Ontario, and served as a partner in the Toronto
law firm Torys LLP.
About Relay Ventures
Relay Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in
passionate entrepreneurs disrupting and creating new markets through
mobile technologies. Unlike other funds, Relay exclusively focuses on
software for mobile devices and the connected Internet, creating an
unparalleled set of networks and resources that tangibly help
founders build world-class companies. With offices in Menlo Park and
Toronto, the firm is active throughout North America. For additional
information, visit Relay Ventures.
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