Photo: Michael McGregorLos Angeles, CA (August 6, 2013)FOCUS, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services, announces that Bill Battison has joined the firm as a Managing Director in the Los Angeles office. Battison has more than 30 years of operational and transactional experience in the distribution, aerospace and defense, information technology, manufacturing and financial services industries.

“Bill’s experience in these varied industries, in addition to his investment banking expertise will provide FOCUS clients the guidance and support they need. We are thrilled he is part of the FOCUS team,” said Paul Richey, FOCUS Regional Managing Director, West.

Prior to joining FOCUS, Mr. Battison co-founded Angeles Capital Group, a FINRA licensed investment bank. He was President and CEO of two Internet companies: RXN Radio, a startup in the interactive radio and telematics arena, and BuyItNow, Inc., a $90+ million revenue e-commerce venture.

Previously, he was EVP of Valence Technologies (VLNC), a developer of high tech energy solutions and EVP and COO of Iwerks Entertainment (IWRK), where he was responsible for strategic alliances and acquisitions. He spent 9 years as President and CFO of Westwood One, Inc. (WWON), the largest radio network in the US at the time, and was also President and CEO of the NBC Radio Networks. Mr. Battison was with ABC in New York for 5 years as SVP Finance and was responsible for leading the conversion of the radio network industry to satellite distribution. Prior to ABC, he was a Management Consultant in the Technology Management Group of Booz Allen & Hamilton, working in New York and London.

Bill has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Darden Graduate Business School, University of Virginia. He is currently on the board of several private and public companies in the technology, entertainment and healthcare fields. He is a director emeritus of the Pasadena Angels, an investment group.


FOCUS LLC provides a range of middle market investment banking services with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate finance. FOCUS is a national firm serving clients from offices in major cities across the United States. FOCUS specializes in business units with transactions or revenues in the $5-300 million range, serving entrepreneurs, corporate owners and various types of investors across a broad range of industries, throughout the U.S. and worldwide. FOCUS bankers are seasoned operating and financial executives with extensive transaction experience. Securities transactions conducted by FOCUS Securities LLC, an affiliated company, registered Broker Dealer member FINRA/SIPC. For more information on FOCUS, visit

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