Mary Madden is a senior executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years leadership experience with fast growth, innovation implementation, financial performance improvement, and business integration. Mary grew Information America, Inc. from zero to $25 million in profitable revenue with venture capital backing, an IPO, and finally a sale of the entire company. She has experience with several other early stage companies as well as large and later stage companies, who often acquire the entrepreneurial companies. She received a B.A., Math major and Economics minor, from Vassar College and a MLS, Library of Science Degree, from Columbia University. Since February 2005 Mary has divided her time among several organizations including the National Association of Corporate Directors-Atlanta Chapter, Business Executives for National Security, The Committee of 200, Central Eurasian Leadership Academy, United Way assisting with Katrina evacuee programs, the Women’s Corporate Director- Atlanta Chapter, and most recently with her consulting practice.
Mary has taken a company public, and has served on the several public and private corporate and advisory boards, as well as audit and nominating committees. She has also been active in the National Association of Corporate Directors since 2001 serving first as program chair, then President and now Chair person. During that time the local NACD chapter began a Director’s College with the Terry College of the University of Georgia and several prominent Atlanta.
Most recently she and Judi North founded an Atlanta Chapter of the Women’s Corporate Directors. The group grew to 20 by its second meeting in the spring of 2006 and 27 by the end of 2007.
Since 2002 Mary has traveled to Turkey each year to assist in the Central Eurasia Leadership Academy (CELA). The program fosters the next generation of leaders in the strategically important Central Eurasian region, and promotes cooperation and bridges difference between East and West, Islamic and non-Islamic Countries. In addition to learning about Central Eurasia, Mary has learned of Turkish culture, customs, and businesses. The program is held at Koc University north of Istanbul. The faculty and administration often interact with the CELA program. In 2007 Mary lectured in programs for alumni in Armenia and Azerbaijan, and Belfast, Ireland.
She is currently a principal at a corporate revitalization and turn around firm, Grisanti, Galef & Goldress, with over fifty years working with companies from a few million to over 500 million. The firm handles bankruptcies, liquidations, bond defaults, banking issues for companies in all industries.