Genetic Alliance and Tucker Capital Corporation
Kemp Battle is the Managing Director at Tucker Capital Corporation. With extensive strategic advisory and investment banking experience serving media and publishing companies, Kemp has also developed a particular expertise working with for-profit companies in developing mission focus, as well as with not-for-profit companies determined to acquire greater business discipline.
He has been a key architect in the launch of new strategic business initiatives for not-for profit organizations as diverse as the Academy of American Poets, Children’s Television Workshop (Sesame Street), The National Geographic Society, National Geographic Maps, National Geographic School Publishing, and Public Radio International. Prior to joining Tucker in 1988, Kemp was Managing Director of the International Capital Markets Group for Republic National Bank of New York. He began with Republic in London as a Eurobond dealer for Republic’s UK subsidiary. Additionally, in 1988, Kemp co-founded Collector’s Reprints, Inc., a hardcover specialty publisher, and currently serves as a director. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Direct Medical Knowledge in San Francisco until its sale to WebMD in 1999.
Kemp is currently a director of GenomeWeb, a news and information provider to the genomics industry; Birds of North America (a joint venture between the Cornell Labs and the American Ornithologist’s Union); ALL Species, an international collaboration of scientists to catalog the world’s species; and The Academy of American Poets. He was an advisory member of the Association of Educational Publishers. Kemp began his career in publishing as an editor, and later manager of subsidiary rights for Doubleday & Company, Inc. He is the author of three books, Great American Folklore (1986), Hearts of Fire (1997), and That Dark Country Below (2002), a story of Stalag 17. He is an occasional correspondent on American history to NBC’s The Today Show. He earned his BA from Harvard College cum laude.