Progress Partners Hires Gretchen Tibbits as Managing Director

Former LittleThings President & COO Joins Media & Tech-Focused Boutique Investment Bank


BOSTON, MA and New York, NY ? January 28, 2020 ? Progress Partners, a Boston and New York-based corporate M&A advisory firm, is pleased to announce the strategic appointment of Gretchen Tibbits as a Managing Director at the firm. Gretchen is an executive with over 25 years of strategy, branding, acquisition, general management, and finance & operations experience in both digital and traditional media. Tibbits is recognized as an industry thought leader, speaker, and representative of a brand.

Most recently Tibbits was the President and Chief Operating Officer of LittleThings which she took to a sale in 2018. At LittleThings, her responsibilities included oversight and mentoring of the 100+ person team; acting as spokesperson at national and international conferences and to the press; launching the licensing and direct sales strategies; leading board relations; management of finance & operations; and establishing strategic relationships with other major media companies.

Tibbits has worked for a diverse group of companies including Hearst, StyleCaster (which she also took to a sale), Maxim, ESPN, WorkingWomanNetwork, and Inc. She is a Folio 100 honoree and a 2018 inductee into the Digital Hall of Fame.

Tibbits holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Management from NYU, where she was a Stern Scholar, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar and a Lawn Resident, and for which she serves on a number of boards. She is a proud resident of Harlem, a theater lover, wine collector, and avid traveler.

?We are very pleased with the expansion of our team and the momentum we?ve carried over from 2019 into the new year,? noted Chris Legg, Senior Managing Director of Progress Partners. ?Gretchen brings years of experience as both an executive operator and media professional, possessing an ideal level of senior managerial expertise and leadership to our growing team. Her contributions are already significantly impacting our 2020 forecasting and will continue to grow as we deepen our reach into the media and tech ecosystem.?

Tibbits added, ?After being an EIR at Progress Partners for the last 18 months, I am excited to join the team and bring my philosophy of relationship building to the firm. I look forward to leveraging my expertise in consumer facing media with a focus on content, community building, and audience monetization across platforms.?

About Progress Partners

Progress Partners is a Boston and New York-based M&A advisory firm working with emerging technology companies within media, marketing, advertising sectors, serving SMB through Enterprise. Progress Partners works with buyers and sellers of high growth companies to complete M&A transactions, raise debt or equity capital, as well as, develop and implement strategic growth plans. The firm’s high standards of excellence, deep industry experience, extensive network, and entrepreneurial background give Progress Partners the ability to build and realize superior value for its clients. Securities offered by Applied Capital, LLC, member of FINRA and SIPC. Visit for more information.

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