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Duffey joins First Advantage

First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group (STG) company and the leading global provider of background screening analytics and identity solutions, today announced that 30-year finance veteran Michael S. Duffey has joined as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In addition to having financial oversight for the company and its 26 global offices, Duffey will partner closely with First Advantage’s executive team to drive the company’s worldwide strategic growth plan.

Previously, Duffey spent 10 years as CFO at market information firm Symphony IRI, another STG business, where he helped navigate the business through its successful transformation and subsequent equity sale in 2011. Duffey has also held executive finance positions at a broad range of public and private banking, manufacturing and professional service companies, including Covansys Corporation, APW and M.A. Hanna Company.

“As First Advantage expands its global position and the breadth and depth of our solutions, I am excited to be partnering with Mike again. We are confident that his experience and proven record of global financial leadership will help us accelerate the execution of our transformational mission,” said Mark Parise, CEO of First Advantage.

“The rapid strategic growth of First Advantage and its reputation among industry leaders makes this opportunity a particular honor,” said Duffey. “Having been fortunate enough to work with many great companies, I look forward to applying those experiences to help to drive First Advantage on its aggressive growth journey.”

Duffey earned his undergraduate degree in accounting at Loyola University and his masters in economics, finance and international business at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

About First Advantage

First Advantage provides comprehensive background screening, identity and information solutions that give employers and housing providers access to actionable information that results in faster, more accurate people decisions. With an advanced global technology platform and superior customer service delivered by experts who understand local markets, First Advantage enables customers around the world build fully scalable, configurable screening programs that meet their unique needs. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., First Advantage has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. More information about First Advantage can be accessed at

About Symphony Technology Group

Symphony Technology Group (STG) is a strategic private equity firm with the mission of investing in and being a partner in building great software and services companies. In addition to capital, STG provides transformation expertise to enable its portfolio companies to deliver more value to clients to retain and attract the best talent and to achieve best-in-class business performance. All STG portfolio companies are expected to grow through innovation. STG’s current portfolio consists of 12 global companies with combined revenue of approximately $2.5 billion and thousands of employees spread across North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit