Alan Nichols is a new partner in our Northern California practice. Alan has spent the majority of his career in the growth side of the advertising driven economy. He has a track record of building value through strategic, operational and financial leadership, and through effective relationship building.
As a CEO, CFO, investor, advisor and active board member, his industry focus has included marketing data and analytics, media, music and entertainment, and health and wellness. He has also spent substantial time in private equity, family enterprises, and non-profits and has developed an expertise for helping drive success in fast-changing growth markets, instilling focus and strategic direction, effective communication, integrity and fun.
Alan started out as an investment banker and led the IPO of Black Entertainment Television (“BET”) and subsequently joined the company as CFO. He developed new initiatives in cable, radio, and magazines, and helped position BET to eventually be sold to Viacom for $3 billion. Alan then joined Chronicle Publishing Company, a family-owned diversified media enterprise, as CFO, and spent 6 years building the organization and dramatically improving operating performance and enterprise value. He founded and managed Chronicles New Media Division that consisted of nine internet properties, including SFGate.com. Alan then helped orchestrate the sale of the business at an historically high valuation.
Alan then founded a digital media focused advisory firm, led as CEO the transformation of a magazine group that included Spin Media into multimedia platforms, and founded RightJoin, a data and analytics company. Alan has also played a key role in the founding of two private equity funds and served as an operating partner with Golden Gate Capital where he sourced, closed, and served on the board of multiple companies. Alan has also worked with SFJazz, Trips For Kids, NPR Music, and ROCK (Real Options For City Kids)