ROCK HILL, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comporium announced today that Russell Cook was named managing director of Comporium Ventures, which will focus on managing its existing portfolio of investments and to identify and recommend new opportunities to acquire or invest in innovative new businesses.
Cook, a graduate of Wofford College with a bachelor’s degree in economics, has broad experience in investment banking, real estate development, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization and economic development.
Prior to joining Comporium, Cook served since 2008 as managing director of 4e Ventures, LLC., which provides advisory services and execution support to established organizations considering new ventures, internal business incubation, innovation pipeline development; as well as, strategic investments and acquisitions.
Cook was a key member of the start-up team recruited to implement the S.C. Innovation Centers Act of 2005. The SC Launch program, a collaboration among the S.C. Research Authority, Clemson University, the Medical University of S.C. and the University of S.C., provides emerging technology companies with access to seed capital and a powerful resource network.
Cook serves as a trustee for South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, a director for Boys Farm, a director for the STEM Development Foundation, a member of the Michelin Development Steering Committee, and is a mentor for The Iron Yard Accelerator. He is a member of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association and is a certified South Carolina economic developer.
Comporium, Inc., headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C., is a diversified privately held communications company providing voice, video, data, wireless, security and advertising services. Comporium’s ventures include companies providing fiber transport and business solutions, data storage and managed services, smart devices and connected home/car services, and digital signage. For more information, please visit www.comporium.com.