SaaS Benefit Administration Platform
Industry leader Michael Sternklar named CEO to help drive continued growth
Schaumburg, IL -- LLR Partners today announced a private equity investment in benefitexpress, the leading middle market, cloud-based platform for employee benefits and health exchange services. The capital will be used to support company growth, expand sales and marketing and continue to build out the platform.
As part of the investment, Michael Sternklar, former head of Mercer's North American benefits outsourcing business, will become CEO of benefitexpress. Michael brings more than 30 years of experience leading benefits administration organizations including Fidelity Investments, Kwasha Lipton and PwC. Maria Bradley, Founder and President of benefitexpress, will continue to play a critical role in driving the company's growth strategy as a Senior Advisor and member of its Board of Directors.
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"Maria Bradley and her management team have leveraged tremendous industry knowledge and experience to build a market-leading benefits administration platform, further distinguished by exceptional services capabilities and a loyal customer base," said Sternklar. "Now with the capital and strategic support of LLR Partners, I am confident that benefitexpress can accelerate new opportunities in this emerging space. I look forward to steering that growth."
"Employers, brokers, insurance carriers and private exchanges are quickly recognizing their need for sophisticated software to manage communications, provide decision support, enroll employees and administer benefits," said Sasank Aleti, Vice President at LLR Partners. "benefitexpress offers a uniquely configurable, scalable platform to automate this complex process. Led by Michael and the solid, existing management team, benefitexpress has the opportunity to capture a significantly under-penetrated market."
By offering a SaaS solution that integrates all benefits, in a one stop shop, benefitexpress provides simplicity to complex plans and offers a custom-made experience to engage and educate employees while offering employers an ease of benefit management that is unmatched in market. benefitexpress provides a full range of services including, benefit enrollment, management and administration as well as direct bill services, reimbursement account administration, carrier bill reconciliation, total compensation statements, and a full service call center.
"This transaction brings the best that benefitexpress has to offer - first class customer service, industry-leading technology and deep domain knowledge - together with the resources it needs to help continue growth," said Bradley. "I'm excited to partner with industry leaders like Michael and LLR to build on what we have today, enabling more companies and their employees to effectively manage their benefits."
About LLR Partners
LLR Partners is a private equity firm investing in middle market growth companies. LLR invests in a broad range of industries, with an emphasis on software, technology-enabled services and healthcare. Founded in 1999 and with more than $2 billion raised across four funds, LLR is a flexible provider of capital for growth, recapitalization and buyouts. For more information about LLR, visit llrpartners.com.
Kristy DelMuto, LLR Partners
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