LNK Promotes Jeff Perlman to Partner

September 4, 2008

LNK Partners, a private equity firm focused on the consumer and retail sector, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Perlman to Partner.

Jeff has a combination of nine years of private equity and three years of operating experience. Jeff played a leading role in the firm’s recent recapitalization of the fast casual restaurant chain Au Bon Pain. LNK invested more than $100 million of equity in partnership with management to support Au Bon Pain’s continued expansion in the United States and internationally. In addition, Jeff was instrumental in LNK’s earlier minority investment in the recapitalization of Ariat, the world’s premier and fastest growing performance equestrian brand.

Prior to LNK, Jeff was Principal at Apax Partners where he helped build the firm’s U.S. consumer and retail group, participating in such successful investments as Phillips-Van Heusen/Calvin Klein, Spyder Active Sports, and Greenbacks.

Before joining Apax, Jeff was an associate at GE Equity, the private equity division of General Electric. Jeff’s operating experience includes working as Manager of Corporate Finance for ITT Corporation, the parent company of Sheraton Hotels, Caesars Palace Casinos and Madison Square Garden. Jeff began his career as an analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of Smith Barney.

Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors of Au Bon Pain, and previously was a member of the Board of Directors of Performance Bicycle. Jeff received an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.