Rand Capital Corporation Announces Leadership Transition and Changes to the Board of Directors

  • Allen F. “Pete” Grum to retire as President and CEO and become Vice Chair of Board of Directors
  • Daniel P. Penberthy appointed President and CEO effective December 1, 2021
  • Margaret Brechtel promoted to Executive Vice President and CFO
  • Robert M. Zak appointed Chair of the Board

BUFFALO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rand Capital Corporation (Nasdaq: RAND) (“Rand” or the “Company”), a business development company, announced today that Allen F. “Pete” Grum, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rand, intends to retire effective December 1, 2021. Mr. Grum will remain as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company and has been appointed Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Company effective December 1, 2021. As a result of Mr. Grum’s pending retirement, the Board of Directors has appointed Daniel Penberthy, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Company, to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective December 1, 2021. In addition, Margaret Brechtel, Vice President of Finance, will succeed Mr. Penberthy as Executive Vice President, Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Company, also effective December 1, 2021.

The Board also announced that Erland “Erkie” E. Kailbourne will step down as Chair of the Board of Directors, effective December 1, 2021, while remaining as a director. Robert M. Zak, who has served as a director since 2005 and is currently Vice Chair, will assume the role of Board Chair, effective December 1, 2021.

Mr. Kailbourne commented, “These are exciting times for Rand and indicative of the transformation we have been affecting over the last three years. I want to thank Pete for his 25 years of leadership having built Rand from a small, venture capital business with less than $10 million in net assets, to a growing, dividend-paying business development company with approximately $58 million in net assets. We also appreciate his willingness to continue to serve on the Board. We believe that the leadership and experience that Dan and Margaret bring will continue to advance Rand as it evolves its portfolio and focuses on expanding net investment income. We believe our strategy should drive total return to our shareholders.”

Mr. Zak said, “I am honored to succeed Erkie as Board Chair and pleased that he will continue to serve on the Board. Over the last three years as Chair, he has guided us through major transactions with an astute business acumen. We have seen significant change these last few years and I look forward to being a part of the Company’s continued growth.”


Rand Capital (Nasdaq: RAND) is an externally-managed business development company (BDC). The Company’s investment objective is to maximize total return to its shareholders with current income and capital appreciation by focusing its debt and related equity investments in privately-held, lower middle market companies with committed and experienced managements in a broad variety of industries. Rand invests in early to later stage businesses that have sustainable, differentiated and market-proven products, revenue of more than $2 million and a path to free cash flow or up to $5 million in EBITDA. The Company’s investment activities are managed by its external investment adviser, Rand Capital Management, LLC. Additional information can be found at the Company’s website where it regularly posts information: https://www.randcapital.com/.

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Allen F. ("Pete") Grum
President and CEO
Phone: 716.853.0802
Email: pgrum@randcapital.com

Deborah K. Pawlowski
Kei Advisors LLC
Phone: 716.843.3908
Email: dpawlowski@keiadvisors.com

Source: Rand Capital Corporation