Fred Jones

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison

About Fred

Fred brings to Newport extensive background as a CFO and corporate leader. He has a track record of enhancing shareholder value across engineering, manufacturing, distribution, infrastructure projects, project financings, financial services and high-tech firms.

In the large company arena, he served as CFO of Thomas & Betts Corporation, a $2.5 billion-sales global leader in electrical and electronic connectors. In that role Fred oversaw 26 acquisitions of up to $500 million in a 5 year period and was responsible for related due diligence, contract negotiations, board presentations and analyst briefings.

While at Thomas & Betts, Fred led a re-capitalization of the company that resulted in a number of new credit facilities. He also has considerable experience in the middle market, having been CFO of 3D Systems Corp., a $140 million company of systems that uses CAD/CAM applications for prototyping and manufacturing.

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