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Our team

Trilantic Europe Founding Partners have worked together on average for over 20 years with an average tenure for all Partners and Principals of over 10 years.

Key pan-European languages spoken by our Investment Professionals

All investment professionals are fully fluent in at least two of our key languages with over 40% fully proficient in three or more languages

Years with the firm of our Investment Professionals

In addition to the investment team and finance professionals, Trilantic Europe’s network is supplemented by 13 Operating Partners and Senior Advisors as well as the Advisory Council, which has been active and chaired by Lord Baker since 2004, bringing together a group of 18 prominent Council members. Trilantic Europe draws upon their collective experience and relationships to help source investments, assist with investment evaluation and due diligence, as well as to provide post acquisition support.


Operating Partners & Senior Advisors

Advisory Council


Vittorio Pignatti-Morano

Founding Partner, Chairman

Vittorio Pignatti-Morano is one of the three Founding Partners and Chairman of Trilantic Europe. Vittorio spent 21 years at Lehman Brothers in Europe where he was Vice Chairman of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and occupied various positions over the years as head of Investment Banking Italy (Milan, 1989-98), Head of Mergers and Acquisitions EMEA (London, 1998-2006), Head of Private Equity EMEA (London, 2006-2008) and then Trilantic Europe.

Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Vittorio was a Managing Director of Banque Paribas heading Italian Investment and Merchant Banking (Milan, 1986-89) and a Vice President at Manufacturers Hanover Trust corporate finance (New York, 1982-86).

For over 35 years Vittorio has worked in private equity investing and advisory in the key European geographies. His focus has been telecommunications and media, consumer goods and leisure. He is currently a member of the board of LeYa, ICS Maugeri, Marex Spectron, Elisabetta Franchi, Gamenet and Marchesi Frescobaldi.

Vittorio holds an M.A in Economics from Columbia University and a B.A Honours in Economics and Mathematics from Sussex University.

Javier Bañón

Founding Partner

Javier Bañón is one of the three Founding Partners of Trilantic Europe. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking in 2004 as Co-Head for Merchant Banking in Europe, Javier was a Managing Director of DB Capital Partners and Bankers Trust Private Equity Group, responsible for the origination, execution, oversight and monetization of private equity transactions in Latin America. Prior to DB Capital Partners, Javier was Chief Financial Officer of the industrial division of IF Group, a privately owned group with industrial and financial operations throughout Spain, the United States and Latin America. Prior to that, he was Deputy General Manager of Serpeska Group, a Spanish group dedicated to food processing and distribution. Javier also practised as an Attorney at Law. Javier is currently a director of Talgo, Pacha and Vertex Bioenergy.

Joe Cohen

Founding Partner

Joseph Cohen is one of the three Founding Partners of Trilantic Europe. Prior to Trilantic Europe, Joe spent 20 years at Lehman Brothers, of which 13 years at Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking where he was the European Co-Head. He was also a member of the Lehman Brothers’ Investment Management Division's European Operating Committee. Prior to that, he was a member of Lehman Brothers Corporate Finance team based in Paris, New York, and London. Joe is currently a director of Marex Spectron. Joe holds a BSc. degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Michaël Madar

Michaël Madar is a Partner of Trilantic Europe. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking in 1999, Michael worked in investment banking at Lehman Brothers in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group based in London and, prior to that, at UBS Warburg in the Corporate Finance department based in Paris. Michael is currently a director of Leya and is on the Advisory Board of Prettl SWH GmbH. Michael is fluent in English and French and is a graduate from HEC School of Management in Paris.

Giacinto d’Onofrio

Giacinto d’Onofrio is a Partner of Trilantic Europe. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking in 2008, Giacinto spent nine years at Lehman Brothers, where he was a member of the Investment Banking group, participating in various M&A, debt, equity, leveraged finance transactions. Giacinto received his undergraduate degree in Finance, magna cum laude, from Luiss University in Italy and is fluent in English and Italian. He is a director of Gamenet, Doppel and ICS Maugeri.

Henrik Bodenstab

Henrik Bodenstab is a Partner of Trilantic Europe which he joined in April 2011. Prior to joining Trilantic Europe, Henrik was managing partner at the Wünsche Group of companies in Hamburg, a diversified group of companies focusing on international trade and shipping. Henrik was founder and Managing Director of Globaltronics, (part of the Wünsche Group) which developed consumer electronic products, including white and brown goods. Prior to that, Henrik worked as a case leader at The Boston Consulting Group. Over the past 20 years Henrik has gained broad experience by living and working extensively in Asia, the US as well as in Europe. Henrik is on the Advisory Board of Prettl SWH GmbH as well as the Oberberg Gruppe. He is fluent in English and German. Henrik holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan as well as an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Javier Olascoaga

Javier Olascoaga is a Partner of Trilantic Europe, having previously been a member of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Europe from 2004 to 2007. During his time at LBMB, Javier played an active role on the deal teams covering the investments in ITP and Talgo. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Talgo, Pacha and Vertex Bioenergy. Prior to joining Trilantic Europe, Javier was a founding partner from 2007 to 2013 at Rasa Land Investors, a $285 million private equity real estate fund focused on tourism investments in Mexico. Javier started his professional career at Goldman Sachs in London where he was part of the M&A team covering Spain. Javier is fluent in English, Spanish and French and has a degree in Business Administration from CUNEF in Madrid, Spain.

Fernando Tomé

Fernando Tomé is the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a Partner of Trilantic Europe. Prior to this, Fernando was an Investment Professional of Trilantic Europe and worked at Lehman Brothers in the Leveraged Finance group based in London. Before that, he was a manager in the Business Development and M&A team at Amadeus. He holds an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan and a B.A. in Business Administration from UAM in Madrid. Fernando is a Fulbright scholar and fluent in English and Spanish.

Marco Conte

Marco Conte is a Principal of Trilantic Europe. Prior to joining Trilantic Europe in 2010, Marco worked at Jupiter Finance, the Italian distressed debt fund of the CIR Group, and at Merrill Lynch on the Asset Management team based in Milan. He is a director of Gamenet and Doppel. Marco holds a MSc in Finance from Bocconi University and a degree in Economics from the University of  Padua. Marco is fluent in English and Italian.

Victor Garcia

Victor Garcia is a Principal of Trilantic Europe. Prior to joining Trilantic Europe, Victor worked at Mercapital, a Spanish private equity firm, and at Oliver Wyman on the strategic consulting team based in Madrid. He holds an M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and degrees in Business Administration and Law from ICADE in Madrid. Victor is a Rafael del Pino Foundation scholar and fluent in English and Spanish. Victor is currently a director of Pacha and Vertex Bioenergy.

Romain Railhac

Romain Railhac is a Principal of Trilantic Europe. Romain is a graduate from HEC School of Management in Paris where he majored in Finance. Romain is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Giacomo Pignatti

Giacomo Pignatti is an Associate of Trilantic Europe. Prior to joining Trilantic Europe, Giacomo worked at The Boston Consulting Group as a consultant based in Rome and at Between, a management consulting boutique firm focused in telecommunications. He is currently a director of Gamenet and a member of the Consulting Committee of IASO (real estate fund owning hospitals operated by ICS Maugeri). He holds an M.B.A. from I.E. Business School and a Master of Science in Engineering from La Sapienza University of Rome. Giacomo is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Phil Wiese

Phil Wiese is an Associate of Trilantic Europe. Prior to joining the firm, Phil worked in the Industrials investment banking team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch based in London. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. Phil is fluent in English and German.

Guillem Portella

Guillem Portella is an Associate of Trilantic Europe. Prior to joining the firm, Guillem worked in the Iberian M&A team at Barclays Capital based in Madrid. He holds a double degree in Business Administration from ICADE in Madrid and RMS in Reims. Guillem is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Lorenzo Cirio

Lorenzo Cirio is an Associate of Trilantic Europe. Prior to joining the firm, Lorenzo worked at The Boston Consulting Group as a consultant based in London, and previously in Milan. An Electrical and Computer Engineer by training, he holds an M.B.A. from London Business School,  and completed his education at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Politecnico di Torino; Alta Scuola Politecnica; Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble; and the University of California, Berkeley. Lorenzo is fluent in English, French and Italian.

Luca Felisati

Luca Felisati is an Associate of Trilantic Europe. Prior to joining the firm, Luca worked at A.T. Kearney as a consultant based in the Milan office. He holds an M.B.A. from London Business School and a Master of Science in Economics from Bocconi University of Milan. Luca is fluent in English and Italian.

Coral Uguina

Coral Uguina is an Associate of Trilantic Europe. Prior to joining the firm, Coral worked in the Leveraged Finance and Sponsors group in the Investment Banking division at Credit Suisse based in London. She holds a M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London. Coral is fluent in English and Spanish.

Warren Yip

Warren Yip is the Financial Controller of Trilantic Europe. Before joining Trilantic Europe, Warren qualified with UHY Hacker Young, a UK accountancy firm; following which worked at JP Morgan and State Street within their alternative investment services and prime brokerage businesses. Warren is a fellow member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountant and holds an M.B.A. from Cass Business School. Warren is fluent in English and Chinese.

Laurent Forget

Laurent Forget is heads the fund administration for Trilantic Europe in Luxembourg. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking in 2007, Laurent was a Sous-Directeur of Société Européenne de Banque, the Luxembourg subsidiary of Intesa San Paolo, responsible for a group dealing with Private Equity clients. He previously worked in Luxembourg both in financial services and in a corporate environment. Laurent is a graduate from ESG School of Management in Paris where he majored in Finance and is fluent in English, French and Italian.

Guillaume Le Bouar

Guillaume Le Bouar is a Fund Administrator for Trilantic Europe in Luxembourg. Before joining Trilantic Europe, he spent 15 years practicing tax advice and compliance in Luxembourg in Big 4 firms following which he worked as Private Banker and Family Officer in Luxembourg. Guillaume is a graduate of DESS International Taxation from University Paris XI and HEC in Paris and holds a Luxembourg Tax Degree. Guillaume is fluent in English and French.

Operating Partners & Senior Advisors

Andy Barrett

Andy Barrett has an extensive background in all aspects of the international energy business, with broad senior careers in Shell and BG and more recent experience as an Industry Advisor, and with smaller PE-backed companies. As a founding Executive Vice President with the BG Group he was formative in creating the international business which was ultimately demerged from the UK utility. He led BG’s major entry into Brazil together with a number of successful international oil, gas and power projects and major acquisitions. He currently acts as Senior Advisor Global Energy for IHS Markit, and has led studies for multiple governments and the European Commission around energy policy and strategy. He has held Chairman and Board non-executive positions with companies involved in renewables, oil and gas services, LNG, and gas and power utilities, in UK, Germany, Netherlands and Poland, and is currently the chairman of Vertex Bioenergy in Spain following the acquisition by Trilantic Europe. Dr Barrett has a PhD. in Natural Sciences from Oxford University, is qualified with the Institute of Chemical Engineers, is an alumnus of Wharton Business School and is an Adjunct Professor with the Haskayne Business School (University of Calgary) contributing to their global energy executive MBA program.

Olivier Dousset

has an extensive experience in advisory and private equity, especially in France. In 1989, he founded Dôme & Cie (subsequently Close Brothers and now DC Advisory France, where he was Managing Director), an independent M&A advisory firm focused on the mid-market segment. He was mainly involved in financial services, utilities, support services, media and retail, before moving into a more managerial role. Mr. Dousset is also a former Partner of LBO France and Senior Advisor of GBL/Ergon. He is currently Senior Advisor of Natixis and founded Compagnie d’Anjou in 2010, a personal investment vehicle with 5 investments in the education, sport and healthcare segments. Mr. Dousset holds a BA in Economics and Law from Paris University, a MA from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and graduated from ENA.

Julien Laporte

Julien Laporte has an extensive experience in the cosmetics and personal care industry. He is the former CEO of Crabtree & Evelyn, the English retail cosmetic brand. He is also advisor to several companies in the beauty and luxury sector, including Coty-JAB. Previously, he was board member in charge of international business development of Ales Group, Managing Director of Melvita and member of the global management committee of L’Occitane en Provence and CEO of Forte Pharma Laboratories. Julien also held a number of management positions over a 10-year period at the L’Oréal Group based in France, the Baltic States and Turkey and before at the Danone group based in Spain. Mr. Laporte graduated from ESC Reims and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD.

Michel Leonard

Michel Leonard has held a number of positions in the food industry. He was until December 2009 the Chairman of the Management Board of Lactalis, the second-largest dairy group in the world. Previously, he was CEO of the Bongrain Group. He has had an extensive career in the consumer goods industry holding positions at Prouvost group and Danone. He also sits on the board of electrical retailing group Darty Plc, Belgian food producer Vandemoortele and French bakery ingredient distributor DGF. Mr. Leonard is fluent in French, English and German. He is a graduate from HEC Paris School of Management and from Cedep-Insead.

Ambrogio Lualdi

Ambrogio Lualdi has over 30 years of experience in international companies operating in the manufacturing and services industries. He spent 9 years at Sirti, an engineering company active in the telecommunications, security and energy networks areas, where he was CEO from 2003 to 2008. Before Sirti, he worked 20 years at Techint Group, a group of engineering and construction companies owned by the Rocca family. He held relevant roles within the Group, and in particular, he was CFO at Dalmine Tenaris, the leading Italian producer of seamless steel tubes for the energy, automotive and mechanical industries, from 1996 to 2000. Ambrogio also worked in Lualdi Porte, a family business active in the furniture sector. Ambrogio is also a former director of Permasteelisa and Retelit.

Guillermo Mesonero - Romanos

Guillermo Mesonero - Romanos is currently Vice Chairman of Grupo InfoGlobal. InfoGlobal is a Spanish technological group, leader of advanced telecommunications, control, video surveillance and security systems. He is also President of Borayma Desarrollo and Hisparcus. Additionally, Guillermo is member of the Board of Grupo Tressis, an investment services provider, and Grupo Intereconomía, the leading financial media company in Spain. He is the former Vice Chairman of Grupo San José, the biggest non-listed real estate and buidling company in Spain, the former Vice President of Ebro Puleva, one of the biggest food companies worldwide and lealder in the Spanish market and the former President of Puleva

Sanjay Nandi

Sanjay Nandi was until 2014 a Principal of Trilantic Europe. Over the last 15 years, Sanjay has been involved in several deals in the restaurant & leisure space and has been a member of the board of Directors of Istanbul Doors and the London based Tom Aikens Group Ltd. In 2014, he founded Good Food Society, a restaurant venture, which owns and operates 3 different restaurant concepts in London and Florence. In June 2017, he was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of Pacha Group in Ibiza, responsible for the Night Business and Expansion Opportunities. Prior to joining Trilantic Europe, he was a member of the Lehman Brothers Mergers and Acquisitions Department in London participating in various corporate finance transactions with deal values in excess of $40bn. Sanjay holds an M.B.A. from the London Business School and a B.A. with Honours in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Rajan Pandhare

Rajan Pandhare has extensive experience in Software, Healthcare, Renewable Energy and Not for Profit sectors across Europe, USA and Asia. He has successfully built software companies in USA and Europe. In addition, he has served as the Director of Business to Business Ventures of a global oil and gas exploration firm and in senior leadership role for a private equity funded European business process outsourcing company. Rajan was Chairman and Co-founder of Kalpan Hydro, a renewable energy aggregator and Irene Healthcare, a chain of secondary care hospitals in India. He has also served as Deputy COO of President Clinton’s HIV/AIDS Initiative AND been a member of the Board of Trustees of Care International UK and The Children’s investment Fund Foundation. Rajan has also been the Vice Chairman of Imperial Innovations India (i2india) and served on the board of the Technology Incubator of one of the leading engineering institution of India and of GreenInfra, a CDC/ IDFC funded renewable energy company. An active angel investor in the tech sector, he is currently a senior advisor to a few technology companies in Europe. Rajan is passionate about social impact and is deeply interested in using technology to drive healthcare – to make it accessible and affordable. Rajan has a MS from USA and is a citizen of UK, and resident of India and USA.

Ermanno Sgaravato

Ermanno Sgaravato founded in 1981 “Sgaravato Studio Legale Tributario”, a Professional Tax and Law Association based in Milan and Verona through which he deals with several activities as Trustee in bankruptcy procedures, Advisor of National and International Banks, Technical Office Consultant of Verona’s Law Court, Expert in recovery plans negotiated for corporate crisis. Mr. Sgaravato has been Chairman of Vivacity Srl (Unicredit Group), and is currently member of Board of Directors of various companies (such as Asia Business Group Italia Srl - advisory company, Hong Kong and Beijing; Allometry Management and Marketing Limited - London, non-executive Director, Value Advisory S.r.l.). He is also Chairman and member of the Statutory Auditor of various listed and non-listed companies. In 2014, Mr. Sgaravato has been appointed Member of the Supervisory Committee of Ilva S.p.A, in Extraordinary Administration and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of Infocontacct Srl, in Extraordinary Administration as well. In 2015, Mr. Sgaravato has been appointed Extraordinary Commissioner of Mercatone Uno Group in receivership and Liquidator of other various cooperative companies (Inter-Log Soc. Coop., Coop. Fidi e Investimenti del Polesine Soc. Coop. Artigiana di Garanzia, Aide Società Cooperativa Sociale.). Ermanno Sgaravato holds a graduate degree in Business and Trade and is part of the Accounting Auditors' register since April, 4th 1995.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith has an extensive experience in the healthcare sector. He has been the Chairman of Four Seasons Healthcare between 2012 and 2016, the UK’s largest independent elderly and specialist care provider. Previously, Mr. Smith was Chief Executive of Reed Elsevier and of Taylor Woodrow and, from 2004 to 2006, of the private hospital company, General Healthcare Group. Before that, he had been CEO of Shell in Jordan, CEO Europe of Monitor Group and CEO Europe of Exel. He is also an Advisor in the Office of the Quartet Representative (Tony Blair Office) and was an Advisor to Tony Blair government. Mr. Smith hold a Master of Arts from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard.

Stefaan Vandevelde

Stefaan Vandevelde is member of the Advisory Board of Trilantic’s portfolio company Prettl SWH GmbH and serves as an Independent Director at French automotive part manufacturer Delfingen. He has over 35 years of experience in the Automotive, IT and engineering sectors, with a strong focus on management and production processes. He worked for 20 years at Siemens where he held a number of managerial positions and was President of the World Automotive Relays division from 1996 to 1999. He subsequently served as vice president EMEA of Tyco Electronics, where he built a strong network within the Automotive OEM division and supported the M&A activity. Stefaan joined Delphi in 2002 and, at the time of his departure in 2013, had reached the position of President of Delphi Electrical / Electronics Architecture activity. Stefaan is fluent in German, Dutch, English and French and holds an Electronic Engineering degree from CIVE, Belgium.

Dr. Ulrich Wandschneider

Dr. Ulrich Wandschneider is the Chairman of the supervisory board of Asklepios Kliniken, Hamburg, the second largest hospital group in Germany. Prior to that he was the CEO of Asklepios Kliniken and MediClin AG between 2004 and 2016. Before his industry managerial positions, he worked for the consulting firms Arthur Andersen and Deloitte Consulting from 1987 until 2004 - the last seven years as Partner of "Lifescience & Healthcare". He has consulting and management experience in Healthcare for more than 20 years. Additionally, he is a Trustee of the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Stiftung, Berlin and is experienced in further supervisory boards of family-owned and publicly traded companies. Dr. Wandschneider holds a Diploma and a Doctor´s degree in Business Administration.

Advisory Council

Lord Kenneth Baker C.H.

Lord Kenneth Baker C.H. (Chairman) was a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1968 to 1997. Kenneth was the first Minister for Information Technology, responsible for introducing computers into schools, privatizing British Telecom and Cable & Wireless, and establishing the cable industry. His Cabinet posts included Environment Secretary, Education Secretary, Home Secretary and Kenneth was Chairman of the Conservative Party. Lord Baker is currently non-executive director of Genting Stanley Plc and the Chairman of Trilantic Capital Partners' Europe Advisory Council. He is Chairman of the Edge Foundation, championing technical, practical and vocational learning, and the Baker Dearing Educational Trust promoting and setting up a network of University Technical Colleges, Vice Chairman of The Cartoon Museum, and a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation. Kenneth was awarded a Companion of Honour in 1992 and awarded a peerage in 1997.

Sir David Arculus

Sir David Arculus has experience in four particular areas. In the Telecoms and Utilities space he was Chairman of O2 up until 2006, when he became a director of Telefonica, having led O2’s merger with that company. He has also served as Chairman of Severn Trent, the water and waste group. In the financial world he is Chairman of Numis, the stock broking and investment company, and prior to that served as a non-executive director of Barclays for almost ten years. David also has extensive media experience, having been Group Managing Director of EMAP, Chief Operating Officer of United Business Media, and Chairman of Earls Court and Olympia. He currently Chairs four media companies, which are backed by private equity/sovereign wealth. David has experience of the Public Sector from his four years as Chairman of the UK Governance Better Regulation Task Force up to 2006. He achieved a number of reforms of regulation working alongside the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and currently serves as an advisor to the Conservative Party on improving regulation.

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker has worked in the global food industry since 1982. He has held senior executive positions with Cadbury Schweppes, Tate & Lyle and Premier Brands, managing businesses in India, Middle East, France, Netherlands, Canada and throughout Africa. In the UK, Baker spent four years working for HRH The Prince of Wales, as CEO of Duchy Originals, an organic foods company, and as Director of the Prince’s Social Enterprises. More recently, he became the first non-family CEO of Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate. Baker was a member of the board of MW Brands, Trilantic’s former portfolio company, and currently chairs a number of family food businesses in the UK, as well as a charity in Kenya.

Marco Costaguta

Marco Costaguta is the President and founder of Long Term Partners since June 2012. He is member of the Management Board of S.Quirico and ERG, member of the Board of Directors of Holcim Group Italia, Rimorchiatori Riuniti and Riello SpA, and member of the Investment Committee at Fondo Strategico Italiano and of the Scientific Committee at AIDAF (Association of Italian Family Business). From 1989 to 2012 he was Director of Bain & Company, where he led strategic, operations, and organization projects in the following areas: FMCG, Retailing, Process Industries, Information Technology, Publishing, Private Equity. From 1997 and 2000 he was member of the Management Board at Bain & Company Worldwide. From 1985 to 1988 Marco Costaguta was Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in Milan, dealing with strategic programs and operations for Italian companies and multinationals. From 1984 to 1985 he was Responsible SQC for the production process of Biomedical equipment at Hewlett-Packard Andover in the USA. In 1984 he graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Milan’s Politecnico and achieved a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD.

John Danilovich

John Danilovich is a U.S. diplomat, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce and former ambassador to Brazil and Costa Rica. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an innovative foreign aid agency of the United States Government, from 2005-2009. Danilovich also served on the Board of the Panama Canal Commission and was Chairman of the Transition between the US and Panamanian governments. For several decades, John has had a successful career in the international maritime industry and has held directorships in a number of shipping related companies. Ambassador Danilovich is presently a non-executive director of d'Amico International Shipping and of Engyco PLC and is on the Council of the Harvard School of Public Health, a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and of the American Academy of Diplomacy. He has received a number of national and international awards.

Dr. Harald Einsmann

Dr. Harald Einsmann is a Director of Tesco plc and of Carlson Group of Companies since 1999. He is also a Director of Harman International and Checkpoint Systems Inc. He has an extensive experience of the European consumer industry having worked for 38 years at Procter & Gamble (1961-1999) in various positions including President of Procter & Gamble Europe, Middle East and Africa and member of Procter & Gamble’s worldwide Board. During his career, he occupied a number of Board Positions including at paper company Stora Enso (1998 – 2006), music publisher EMI Group (1996 – 2004) and consumer companies British American Tobacco (1999 – 2004) and Inbev (1999 – 2002). Dr. Harald Einsmann holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Hamburg and from the University of Florida.

Nicole Junkermann

Nicole Junkermann is a London-based entrepreneur and investor focused on the crossover between the media and technology sectors.

She is among a new group of well-connected, successful, technology-orientated entrepreneurs, who believe that digital innovation and experimental technology – especially robotics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and genomics – will create breakthroughs in areas from medicine to education, and from retailing to premium content consumption.

Nicole’s investments are guided by the belief that people’s desire for quality content endures, even while technology revolutionizes the way we discover, consume and share it. As artificial intelligence and augmented and virtual reality change our relationship with the digital world once again, she is now working with the entrepreneurs that will define these emerging industries.

She began her entrepreneurial career in 1998 as a co-founder of football gaming portal Winamax. Following its sale in 2001, she invested in newly-founded Infront Sports and Media, a sports media rights agency. Along with one other leading shareholder, Nicole helped develop Infront into one of the world’s leading sports media rights businesses, eventually selling it to private equity group Bridgepoint for €650m in 2011.

Since 2011, Nicole has returned to her roots in digital innovation, focusing on opportunities in areas like robotics, genomics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and premium content. Three of her early investments, Songza, Dollar Shave Club and RelatelQ, were acquired by Google, Unilever and Salesforce, respectively. Through NJF Capital, Nicole has stakes in 26 companies, including Spoon Guru, and also Emoticast, Jobbio, Grabyo and Sentient.

David Kappler

David Kappler is currently Deputy Chairman of Shire plc, and Senior Independent Director at Flybe plc, as well as being a director at a number of private companies. Mr. Kappler embarked on this portfolio career in 2004 when he retired from Cadbury Schweppes Plc, where he had been the CFO for more than nine years. This role was a culmination of a career, which started as a Trainee Accountant at Cadbury in 1965. From 2004, Mr. Kappler was Chairman of Premier Foods for over 6 years, and Senior Independent Director at IHG plc (Intercontinental Hotels Group) for 10 years. He served as a non-executive Director and latterly Chairman of HMV Plc until early 2006, and was also a Director of Camelot from 1995 to 2002.

Ruggero Magnoni

Ruggero Magnoni is a Non-Executive Director of Compagnie Financière Richemont (elected in 2006) and is a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees. In 2006 he became a partner of Compagnie Financière Rupert. Formerly, he was a member of the Board of Overseers of Reinet Investments S.C.A. up to September 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Magnoni held a number of senior roles at Lehman Brothers and Nomura. In 2000, Mr. Magnoni became Head of the European Private Equity division and Vice Chairman of Lehman Brothers Inc and in 2002, Chairman of Lehman Brothers International Italy. Between 2008 and 2013, Mr Magnoni served as Chairman of Nomura International plc’s Investment Banking division for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Magnoni is involved with various philanthropic activities, including Fondazione Laureus Italia. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Bocconi Foundation. Mr. Magnoni graduated from Bocconi University, Italy and holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Jean Mouton

Jean Mouton is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group, having joined the firm in 1982. He has been Partner since 1989 and Senior Partner since 1997. Mr. Mouton has been mainly in charge of developing the French and Italian markets with a special focus on services, industrial goods and pharmaceuticals. He has also held a number of internal roles, such as Chair of the Partner Development Committee for a number of countries, Chair of the Worldwide Senior Partner Nomination Committee or CEO of BCG Italy where he developed the franchise between 1990 and 1995. Mr. Mouton holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a Master in Civil Engineering from ESTP Paris and a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Paris Sorbonne.

Akiva Mozes

Akiva Mozes is a member of the Board of Directors of Strauss Group, Evogene and Ein-Shemer Rubber Industries. Previously, Mr. Mozes served as Chairman of Oil Refineries (Bazan Group) and as President and CEO of Israeli Chemicals, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fertilizer and specialty chemicals. He holds several public advisory positions and is a member of Tel Aviv University Management Committee and has received a number of leading industry and business awards. Mr. Mozes holds a BA in Economics and Political Science and an MBA, both from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Emilio Novela

Emilio Novela is a banker who at points during his career at several Spanish banking institutions was also named the CFO of Repsol, the leading Spanish oil company, and the first Vice-Chairman and CEO of Vallehermoso, a leading Spanish real estate and construction company. He is also the Vice Chairman of Banco Banif Private Banking. Emilio Novela currently holds a number of directorships including in Patentes Talgo, the Spanish Private Banking Association, the Spanish Enterprise Association (CEIM), and BlackRock Global Funds. Previously he has held Board positions at several other Spanish financial institutions including Banco de Jerez, Banco Urquijo, Hispamer, Central Hispano Generali, Banesto, Banco Mercantil, Citi Leasing and Saudesbank. Emilio Novela has also served on the Boards of Cortefiel, Larios (Pernod Ricard), Campsa, Spanair, Union Fenosa, Vallehermoso, Testa, YMCA Spain, US-Spain Foundation, Euro America Foundation, Viajes Internacional Expreso, Gesinar (3i) and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young where he served on the Advisory Board.

Elena Salgado

Elena Salgado is an independent advisor with extensive experience in the public and private sector. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economy and Finance in the Government of Spain until November 2011, she has also served as Minister for Public Administration and Minister of Health and Consumer Affairs. In the early 90´s, she was Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Member of the Board of several companies, including Telefonica, Renfe and Hispasat. Between 1996 and 2004, Elena Salgado worked as a senior consultant in regulated industries, mainly electricity, telecoms and transport. She is also a former member of the Board of Chilectra, a Chilean utility company belonging to the ENEL Group, a member of the advisory board of Abertis and a Senior Advisor and member of the Advisory Council of Trilantic Capital Partners Europe. She is an industrial engineer and also holds a degree in Economic Sciences from Madrid University.

Massimo Tosato

Massimo Tosato is Executive Vice Chairman of Schroders plc (appointed in 2007), after having joined Schroders (Italy) in 1995 as Managing Director. He joined the Board of Directors of Schroders plc in London in 2001 and is currently Chairman of Schroder International Selection Fund (SICAV) in Luxembourg (since 1999). He was Chief Executive for Schroder Investment Management Limited (2012 to May 2016) and the group’s Global Head of Distribution (2004 to May 2016). He was previously Chief Executive of Euromercantile S.p.A., a private equity business in Italy from 1991–1995; founder and Chief Executive of Cominvest S.p.A, an investment banking and asset management organisation in Italy from 1981–1991; and Chairman and co-founder of Tonic, an advertising agency in Italy from 1982–1987. Mr Tosato’s current external appointments include being a member of the Advisory Council of TheCityUK; a member of the Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School (since 1992); a member of the Board at Nutmeg, a pioneer online discretionary investment management start-up in the UK (since 2014); Global Advisor of InstaCredit SpA, a new market funded digital lender to small and medium-sizes enterprises in Italy (since 2016). Massimo is also a trustee of the Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London. Previously he was Vice President and Director of EFAMA (the Brussels based European Fund and Asset Management Association) from 2009–June 2013; and an Independent Director of the Board of Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in Rome from 2002–2005.

Lord Tugendhat

Lord Tugendhat is a Conservative member of the House of Lords where he sits on the European Union Select Committee and chairs its sub-committee on EU External Affairs. He is a former Vice-President of the European Commission and a former Chairman of Abbey National plc, Blue Circle Industries plc, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He is also a former Chancellor of the University of Bath and was a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1970 to 1976. He is the author of Oil: the Biggest Business, The Multinationals and Making Sense of Europe.

Adolfo Valsecchi

Adolfo Valsecchi has over 35 years of experience in the seafood business. Originally from an engineering background, he started running small tuna canning operations in Italy, Madeira (Portugal) and Somalia. He spent 20 years at Palmera, the second-largest canned seafood business in Italy and was a member of the Italian Canners Association and several working groups at the EU Commission in Brussels. In 1996, he joined Heinz as Managing Director of the Mareblu business and as operations director of the seafood canneries. In 1999, he became Managing Director of Heinz European Seafood business and Heinz Western Europe. In 2006, Heinz European Seafood was bought by Trilantic Capital Partners (formerly Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking) and renamed MW Brands and Mr Valsecchi became CEO. The company was sold in October 2010 to Thai Union Frozen PLC. In 2014, Mr. Valsecchi became majority shareholder and CEO of Generale Conserve, an independent canned seafood producer based in Genova, Italy. Currently chairs the IAT, the Italian flag tuna fishing company operating in the Indian Ocean and is a founding member of International Seafood Sustainability Foundation.

Felix A. Weber

Felix A. Weber is currently Partner at BLR Partners Ag., Senior Advisor and Managing Director at Accenture Switzerland Ltd. And Chairman of the board at Cembra Money Bank. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Nomura International Ltd., a Director of Publigroupe (2005–2009), a Director of Valora (2006–2008), a Director of Glacier Holdings GP SA and Glacier Holdings S.C.A (former parent entities of Cablecom GmbH) (2003–2005), a Director of Cablecom GmbH (2004–2005), Managing Director of Lehman Brothers Ltd. (2006–2008), Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Adecco SA (1998–2004), Associate Project Manager and Principal of McKinsey & Company in Zurich (1989–1997), and Chief Executive Officer of Alusuisse South Africa (1982–1984). Felix graduated from the University of St. Gallen with an MBA in operations research and finance and a PhD in marketing.

David Williams

David Williams has 35 years of experience in the food processing industry with H.J. Heinz Co, where he successively held the positions of (i) Executive Vice President of companies in Asia and North America , (ii) CEO in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India and (iii) Chief Financial Officer. He was also previously a Director at Del Monte Foods and at H.J. Heinz Co. for 10 years. Mr. Williams was Chairman of Trilantic Capital Partners’ portfolio company MW Brands until October 2010.


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