Meet our Senior Management Team

Primary Insight was founded in 2005. We are led by expert-network veterans who know how to respect clients’ time and budgets, and deliver high quality contacts to provide the most relevant information.

Our model is a value-add approach, in which we seek to uniquely identify those experts who will set apart our clients’ research in this ever-changing financial environment. In addition, we recognize the need to maintain strict compliance standards, and have implemented the necessary practices in order to ensure a smooth research process.

Leighton Thomas
Leighton Thomas

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Leighton serves as CEO of Primary Insight where he has guided our company’s growth since a successful management buyout from JPMorgan. As a seventeen year veteran in the space, he remains committed to providing a true bespoke service that helps clients make better investment decisions.
Lindsey W. Cooper Jr.
Lindsey W. Cooper Jr.

Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel

Lindsey serves as CCO of Primary Insight where he oversees our legal and compliance functions. As an integral part of the daily compliance needs internally and with our clients, Lindsey ensures PI maintains first-in-class compliance standards.
Daniel Ahern
Daniel Ahern

Chief Technology Officer

Danny is CTO of Primary Insight and responsible for the development of all interactive portals that help make the PI research and account management teams the most efficient on the street. Danny is a veteran of the expert network industry, having served as CTO at Vista Research for seven years prior to joining Primary Insight in 2009.
Ronald P. (Rip) Noyes Jr.
Ronald P. (Rip) Noyes Jr.

Chief Operating Officer

Rip is the Chief Operating Officer at Primary Insight where he assists in managing the development and growth of the firm’s accounts and ensures that our services deliver a broad and positive impact on their businesses.
Jeffrey Kagan
Jeffrey Kagan

Chief Revenue Officer

Jeff leads Primary Insight’s business development team and brings over 15 years of experience and proven results in sales production and managing high performing sales teams in the Expert Network industry.  Previously, Jeff has made significant sales contributions at Gerson Lehrman Group and Guidepoint Global selling into Hedge Funds, Private Equity Firms, Consultancies, Bulge Bracket Brokerage firms as well as Corporations.
Austin Gambee
Austin Gambee

Chief Strategy Officer

Austin oversees the Account Management teams for Primary Insight and manages relationships with the firm’s key accounts globally. His hands-on approach to project work gives him a keen understanding of clients’ needs, allowing PI to deliver timely, top-quality resources to clients.

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