Ed Place brings to Compass a track record of success as an entrepreneurial business leader. Throughout much of the past decade, Ed Place has worked with more than 50 companies to improve financial performance, execute business turnarounds, raise capital or achieve strategic focus. Ed has extensive M&A experience and, in many instances, has worked with companies in the CFO or COO role.
Ed enjoyed a career spanning more than 20 years with Hallmark Cards where he served in a range of business and finance leadership roles in both U.S. and international businesses. As President of Hallmark’s subsidiaries in Australia and New Zealand, he led a successful business and financial turnaround. He was then promoted to lead all of Hallmark’s businesses throughout the Asia Pacific region. Immediately following Hallmark, Ed was a director and the CFO for Citizens Bank & Trust, a $1 billion community bank with 27 branches in Missouri and Kansas.
Ed earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and psychology from William Jewell College and a MBA from Rockhurst University’s Executive Fellows Program.