Ratos AB: Lars Nykvist appointed new CEO of Kvdbil

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PRESS RELEASE, 20 November 2018

Lars Nykvist has been appointed as the new CEO of Kvdbil, Sweden’s largest independent online marketplace offering broker services for second-hand vehicles. Lars most recently served as CEO of Outnorth AB and will assume the position of CEO of Kvdbil today, 20 November. Torbjörn Wik is leaving after three years as CEO of the company.

 

Lars Nykvist has extensive experience of heading up both B2B (business-to-business) and B2C (business-to-consumer) operations. He most recently served as CEO of Outnorth AB, the largest e-commerce site and retailer of equipment for outdoor activities in the Nordic region. Lars served as CEO there until the beginning of 2018, having taken the company from sales of about SEK 30m to approximately SEK 430m with slightly more than 80 employees and a market-leading position in its niche.

“Under Torbjörn’s management over the past three years, Kvdbil has implemented major changes, including a thorough update of its IT platform to enable growth in the area of private cars, where Kvdbil has now changed to a more distinct consumer brand. The strategy moving forward is focused on increasing consumer business, strengthening the position in company cars and developing Kvdbil’s service offering, areas in which Lars has considerable experience. We foresee continued growth potential in Kvdbil’s business model and the potential to strengthen the company’s market position. I also look forward to following Lars’s and the management team’s continued work in this area”, says Johan Rydmark, Director at Ratos and responsible of Kvdbil.

Kvdbil was acquired in 2010 and is now Sweden’s largest independent online marketplace offering broker services for second-hand vehicles. The number of employees amounts to approximately 170 individuals and sales for the rolling 12 months at 30 September 2018 totalled SEK 336m.

For further information, please contact:

Johan Rydmark, Director and responsible of Kvdbil, +46 8 700 17 00

Helene Gustafsson, Head of IR and Press, Ratos, +46 70 868 40 50

Financial calendar from Ratos:

Year-end report 2018                                                15 February 2019

Annual General Meeting                                            8 May 2019

Ratos is an investment company that owns and develops unlisted medium-sized Nordic companies. Our goal as an active owner is to contribute to the long-term and sustainable business development in the companies we invest in and to make value-generating transactions. Ratos’s portfolio consists of 12 medium-sized Nordic companies and the largest segments in terms of sales are Construction, Industrials and Consumer goods/retail. Ratos is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and has a total of approximately 12,300 employees.

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Sequana Medical announces the appointments of industry experts Pierre Chauvineau as Chairman and Wim Ottevaere as Non-Executive Director

Ghent, Belgium: 8 November 2018 – Sequana Medical nv, a commercial stage medical device company focused on the development of innovative treatment solutions for the management of liver disease, heart failure, malignant ascites and other fluid imbalance disorders, announces today the appointments of Pierre Chauvineau as Chairman and Wim Ottevaere as non-executive director of the Company effective as of the closing of the intended Initial Public Offering announced today. Pierre will succeed Rudy Dekeyser as Chairman, who will remain a non-executive director.

More info on Sequana’s website.

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Ratos AB: Peter Wallin appointed CFO at Ratos

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Peter Wallin has been appointed CFO, Chief Financial Officer, at Ratos. Peter comes from the role as CFO for the Skanska Group and joins Ratos in December 2018.

Peter Wallin has long operational experience from the Skanska Group, where he has worked since 2000. For the past seven years, Peter worked as the Group CFO for Skanska, where he facilitated the growth of Skanska’s investments in its project development business, creating considerable values. Peter has also led several restructurings within the Skanska Group centered around profitability, as well as concluding several divestments and acquisitions in the Group. In 2017 and 2018, Peter was also responsible in the Senior Management for the construction operations in UK, Poland and Czech Republic alongside being the Group CFO. Before Peter started working at Skanska, he worked as an equity research analyst at HQ Investment Bank and Trygg Hansa/SEB, as well as CFO in Stadshypotek.

“I am very pleased that Peter takes on his role as CFO at Ratos. With his long operational experience, where he has created value through operational restructuring, profitability measures and mergers and acquisitions, not least in the construction industry, I am convinced that he will highly contribute to value creation to Ratos and our portfolio companies, says Ratos’s CEO Jonas Wiström”.

Peter will assume his position in December 2018.

For further information, please contact:

Jonas Wiström, CEO Ratos, +46 8 700 17 00

Helene Gustafsson, Head of IR and Press, Ratos, +46 8 700 17 98

Financial calendar from Ratos:
Year-end report 2018                                     15 February 2019
Annual General Meeting                                 8 May 2019

Ratos owns and develops unlisted medium-sized companies in the Nordic countries. Our goal as an active owner is to contribute to long-term and sustainable business development in the companies we invest in and to make value-generating transactions. Ratos’s portfolio consists of 12 medium-sized Nordic companies and the largest segments in terms of sales are Construction, Industrials and Consumer goods/Commerce. Ratos is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and has approximately 12,300 employees.

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Ratos AB: CEO Peter Nilsson to leave Speed Group

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Peter Nilsson is stepping down from his role as CEO of Ratos’s subsidiary Speed Group. The company’s CFO, Anders Appelqvist, has been appointed Acting CEO until a permanent CEO has been recruited.

Outgoing CEO Peter Nilsson was initially a member of Speed Group’s Board of Directors before taking over as CEO in autumn 2016. Peter is now leaving the company and Anders Appelqvist, who currently serves as the company’s CFO, has been appointed Acting CEO. Anders will take office effective immediately and the process to recruit a permanent replacement has begun.

“During his time as CEO, Peter has contributed to Speed Group’s substantial growth. Under Peter’s leadership, the company has become a national supplier of logistics services through the acquisition of Samdistribution in Stockholm and the first third-party logistics (3PL) supplier in the Nordic region to invest in an Autostore system. Since Speed Group’s focus has now shifted from growth to consolidation and profitability-enhancing measures, Peter is now leaving the company and Anders is taking over as Acting CEO,” says Christian Johansson Gebauer, Director at Ratos and responsible of Speed Group.

Ratos became the majority owner of Speed Group in 2015. The company is now a national supplier of logistics services and services for staffing, recruitment and education, with strong growth in an attractive underlying market. Speed Group has approximately 1,200 employees and sales of SEK 673m for the rolling 12-month period ending 30 September 2018.

For further information, please contact:

Christian Johansson Gebauer, Director, +46 8 700 17 00

Helene Gustafsson, Head of IR and Press, Ratos, +46 8 700 17 98

Financial calendar from Ratos:
Year-end report 2018                                     15 February 2019
Annual General Meeting                                 8 May 2019

Ratos owns and develops unlisted medium-sized companies in the Nordic countries. Our goal as an active owner is to contribute to long-term and sustainable business development in the companies we invest in and to make value-generating transactions. Ratos’s portfolio consists of 12 medium-sized Nordic companies and the largest segments in terms of sales are Construction, Industrials and Consumer goods/Commerce. Ratos is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and has approximately 12,300 employees.

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Natalia Nowak joins CVC Credit Partners’ European Private Debt team

Natalia joins as managing director focusing on opportunities in the DACH region and other European investments

CVC Credit Partners announced today that Natalia Nowak has joined the firm as a Managing Director in the European Private Debt team, focusing primarily on opportunities in the DACH region and other European investments. Natalia will report to Neale Broadhead, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager.

Natalia joined CVC Credit Partners from ESO Capital, where she was a Managing Director in the private debt and special situations fund. She focused on sourcing, structuring and executing bespoke financings for European SMEs. Prior to joining ESO Capital, Natalia worked at Arrowgrass and Cerberus Capital, where she worked on deals in private equity, special situations and distressed debt. Natalia began her career at Goldman Sachs in the German M&A Corporate Finance Group and is a graduate of the European Business School and Harvard Business School where she received her MBA.

Natalia Nowak said: “I am very excited to be joining CVC at such an interesting time in the private debt space, particularly as the European market continues to grow. I really look forward to working with Tom Newberry and the wider Private Debt team to build out our presence in the DACH markets and source interesting investment opportunities across Europe.”

Tom Newberry, Partner and Global Head of Private Debt at CVC Credit Partners, added: “We are delighted to welcome Natalia to CVC’s Private Debt team. Her wealth of experience, particularly in the DACH region, will be invaluable to us as we continue to look for opportunities to support high quality, medium-sized businesses across Europe and the US.”

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Appointments at Tesi

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Henri Hakamo has been appointed as Tesi’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Mikael Niemi as Investment Director and Elisa Lehmusniemi as Executive Assistant. Juha Lehtola returns to Tesi’s Venture Capital team as Director.

Henri Hakamo, M.Sc. (Econ), (32), has been appointed Chief Digital Officer with effect from 3 September 2018. CDO is a new position in Tesi. He will be a member of the Management Team and report to CEO Jan Sasse. Henri transfers to Tesi from a managerial position in BearingPoint, where he was in charge of Digital & Strategy consulting in the Middle East.

Juha Lehtola, M.Sc. (Technology), (42), returns to head Tesi’s Venture Capital team as Director. As a member of the Management Team, he will report to CEO Jan Sasse. Over the last two years. Juha was an Investment Manager in the European Investment Fund, specialising in investments in European venture capital funds.

Mikael Niemi, M.Sc. (Econ), M.Sc. (Technology), (38), has been appointed Investment Director, Growth & Industrial Investments with effect from 1 August 2018. Mikael transfers to Tesi from Armada Mezzanine Capital, in which he was a Partner.

Elisa Lehmusniemi, M.Sc. (Econ), (37), has been appointed Executive Assistant as from 13 August 2018. Elisa transfers to Tesi from Borenius Attorneys LLP, where she was an executive assistant.

“Tesi’s goal is twofold: to help Finnish companies grow and internationalise; and to develop Finland’s venture capital and private equity market. Our staff are in a key position in working towards this goal. I’m very pleased that we’ve succeeded in supplementing our teams with professionals who have valuable, broad-ranging experience in the fields of investment and corporate development,” say CEO Jan Sasse.

Further information:
Jan Sasse, CEO, tel: +358 40 861 9151

Tesi (Finnish Industry Investment Ltd) is a venture capital and private equity company that invests profitably and responsibly, creating value from day one. Our investments under management total 1.2 billion euros and we have over 700 companies in portfolio, either directly or through funds. We help Finland to the next level of growth and internationalisation. Follow our success stories: www.tesi.fi / dtg.tesi.fi / @TesiFII.

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TA Associates Announces New Hires in Menlo Park

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BOSTON and MENLO PARK – TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, today announced the recent hiring of Calen Angert and Nicholas Leppla, who have rejoined the firm as Vice Presidents in its Menlo Park office.

“We are thrilled to welcome back Calen and Nick to the firm,” said Brian J. Conway, Chairman and Managing Partner at TA Associates. “As Associates, both proved to be valuable contributors to TA on several fronts, particularly in our deal sourcing and due diligence efforts. We look forward to Calen and Nick’s contributions as we continue to seek investments in profitable growth companies and partner with the management teams of our portfolio companies to create further value.”

Calen Angert focuses on investments in healthcare companies across North America. Prior to attending graduate school, he served as an Associate in the Boston office of TA Associates. Mr. Angert previously served as an Analyst in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley. He received a BSBA, magna cum laude, in Finance from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Nicholas Leppla focuses on investments in technology companies across North America. Prior to attending graduate school, he served as an Associate in the Menlo Park office of TA Associates. Mr. Leppla previously served as the Chief of Staff of AVG Technologies, a former TA portfolio company, and as an Analyst in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan. He received a BA in Economics and Engineering Sciences (Environmental) from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

About TA Associates
Now in its 50th year, TA Associates is one of the largest and most experienced global growth private equity firms. Focused on five target industries – technology, healthcare, financial services, consumer and business services – TA invests in profitable, growing companies with opportunities for sustained growth, and has invested in nearly 500 companies around the world. Investing as either a majority or minority investor, TA employs a long-term approach, utilizing its strategic resources to help management teams build lasting value in growth companies. TA has raised $24 billion in capital since its founding in 1968 and is committing to new investments at the pace of $1.5 to $2 billion per year. The firm’s more than 85 investment professionals are based in Boston, Menlo Park, London, Mumbai and Hong Kong. More information about TA Associates can be found at www.ta.com.

 

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AURELIUS Group to expand its management team

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  • Donatus Albrecht to look after the group-wide M&A strategy
  • Matthias Täubl newly appointed to the Executive Board with responsibility for operations

Munich, July 17, 2018 – AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN DE000A0JK2A8) is announcing changes to its Executive Board today. From August 1, 2018, Donatus Albrecht will look after the group-wide M&A strategy of all business areas of the AURELIUS Group and will step down from the Executive Board of the listed AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA. Matthias Täubl, who has already been with AURELIUS since 2008, will join the Executive Board with responsibility for operations at the same time.

These personnel changes are in response to the significant increase in the size of the AURELIUS Group in recent years, which now has operations as an investment group across Europe. Since it was founded, AURELIUS has progressed from being a local turnaround investor to a pan-European multi-asset manager. AURELIUS Equity Opportunities is the publicly traded investment arm with a focus on the acquisitions of companies in transitional or exceptional situations. The AURELIUS Group also operates in the Growth Capital and Debt Opportunities business fields.

Donatus Albrecht to look after the group-wide M&A strategy

Donatus Albrecht will head up the acquisitions and sales for all of the Group’s business areas in the future. Before now, Donatus Albrecht was a board member at AURELIUS Equity Opportunities, where he was responsible for the M&A activities. He has managed a total of more than 70 corporate transactions to date in his career.

Matthias Täubl newly appointed to the Executive Board with responsibility for operations

Matthias Täubl will join the Executive Board of AURELIUS Equity Opportunities, where he will be responsible for the realignment of portfolio companies. Matthias Täubl has already held various positions on the AURELIUS Task Force since 2008, responsible among other things for the very successful realignment of the Getronics group, which was sold in 2017 as the largest exit in the company’s history to date. He studied International Business Relations at the University of Applied Sciences in Eisenstadt in Austria and at Helsinki Business Polytechnic in Finland.

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The Carlyle Group Names Minoru Koshibe as Senior Advisor

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Industry Veteran Brings Abundant Insights and Broad Network to Support Investments and Portfolio Management

Tokyo, Japan, July 12, 2018 – Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced that Minoru Koshibe, former Executive Vice President of Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., has been appointed as a Senior Advisor to Carlyle Japan advisory team.

Mr. Koshibe will advise the Carlyle team on the business environment and key trends in sectors such as the chemicals industry. He will also support the management teams of Carlyle’s portfolio companies regarding corporate governance, operations, branding and growth strategies.

Carlyle currently has a global team of more than 40 Operating Executives, Senior Advisors and Operating Advisors with an average of more than 30 years’ experience as executives and leaders at top-tier companies. They support Carlyle’s sourcing and value creation activities across a broad range of industries. In Japan, Carlyle now has five Senior Advisors with the addition of Mr. Koshibe. Others are Mr. Tamotsu Adachi, former Co-Representative of Carlyle Japan and current Representative Director, President and CEO of Benesse Holdings, Inc.; Mr. Yukio Kubota, former President of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.; Mr. Yasuo Nishiguchi, former President and CEO of Kyocera Corporation; and Mr. Yutaka Nishimura, former President and Regional CEO of Richemont Japan Ltd.

Kazuhiro Yamada, Managing Director and Representative of Carlyle Japan LLC, said, “I would like to sincerely welcome Mr. Koshibe to our team. During his 40-year career at Mitsui Chemicals and its predecessor, Mitsui Toatsu, Mr. Koshibe has developed significant expertise spanning from on-the-field manufacturing/production to research and process development, and extending to corporate planning, sales and business development (M&A and partnerships/alliances). With his appointment, the Carlyle team in Japan will have a strong team of five Senior Advisors, helping us to source new deals and create even more value in the companies we invest in.”

Mr. Koshibe said, “I am honored to be part of Carlyle’s Senior Advisor team. I look forward to working closely with the Carlyle Japan team to achieve further success by leveraging my experience and industry knowledge. I also hope to support the value creation of Carlyle’s portfolio companies, and hence contribute to the revitalization of the overall Japanese economy.”

Mr. Koshibe joined Mitsui Toatsu Chemicals Co., Ltd. (currently Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.) in 1978 and held positions including Corporate Planning, Executive Officer, and Planning and Development Director for the Material Business Department, and Managing Executive Officer. In 2013, he was appointed Representative Director and Executive Vice President.

Mr. Koshibe has engaged in numerous domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, helping to expand Mitsui Chemical’s businesses especially in the fields of healthcare and agrichemicals, and adding new products such as electronic glasses. He led the establishment of the company’s mid-term business plan and business portfolio restructuring, including new business partnerships, delistings and demergers. Currently, Mr. Koshibe serves as Senior Councilor for Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Executive Advisor for Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Consultant for LOTTE Corporation. He is also actively involved in a variety of industrial organizations, serving as, for instance, the Director for “Kokuryoku Baizou Juku” (a General Incorporated Association), Advisor for “Furusato TV” (a Nonprofit Organization), Representative Facilitator for Thomson Reuters Salon, and Supporter of Monozukuri Nadeshiko.

Mr. Koshibe earned his B.A. and M.A. from Osaka University’s School of Science.

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Breath Therapeutics Appoints Noreen Roth Henig, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer

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Breath Therapeutics Appoints Noreen Roth Henig, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Henig adds leadership and development expertise in pulmonary disease, inhaled therapies, and orphan disease to the executive management team

Breath Therapeutics is targeting Bronchiolitis Obliterans with their first molecule, a Phase 3 ready asset

Munich, Frankfurt, Boston — Breath Therapeutics B.V. (Breath), a private company developing advanced drug-aerosol therapeutics in pulmonary orphan indications, announced today the appointment of Noreen Roth Henig, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Henig joins the executive management team and will lead Breath’s clinical development activities.

Dr. Henig brings to Breath more than 20 years of clinical and development leadership experience at emerging and leading biopharmaceutical companies, complemented by extensive medical experience in pulmonary and transplant medicine. Her expertise substantially strengthens BOSTON, the lead development program of inhaled L-CsA (Liposomal Cyclosporine A), for the treatment of Bronchiolitis Obliterans (BO), a lethal orphan respiratory disease. Breath’s pipeline of inhaled therapeutics is targeting severe respiratory diseases with high unmet medical need.

Noreen´s background in advanced lung disease and lung transplant, her senior drug development expertise, and her strong strategic corporate thinking is an outstanding combination and perfectly complements the Breath management team“, said Dr. Jens Stegemann, Chief Executive Officer of Breath Therapeutics.

Noreen Henig stated: “I am looking forward to joining the Breath Therapeutics team and to growing the young company. This is a unique opportunity to develop a promising Phase 3 ready asset for a true unmet medical need“.

Prior to joining Breath, Dr. Henig was CMO of ProQR Therapeutics, where she oversaw all preclinical and clinical development of candidate molecules and was also responsible for patient safety, data transparency, medical ethics and governance. She successfully led the young biotech company through organic growth and was instrumental in raising a pre-IPO series and a successful NASDAQ IPO for the then preclinical stage company. Previously, Dr. Henig served as Senior Director, Global Medical Affairs, Respiratory and PAH of Gilead Sciences, where she designed and executed clinical trials, up to Phase 4. In particular, she provided medical support to two therapies indicated for severe pulmonary disease. Throughout her career, Dr. Henig has held several senior academic positions related to respiratory diseases and lung transplant at the California Pacific Medical Center and the Stanford University School of Medicine. She earned her M.D. with Distinction in Immunology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed training in Internal Medicine at UCSF and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at University of Washington, Seattle.

 

About Bronchiolitis Obliterans (BO)

Bronchiolitis Obliterans (BO) is a severe progressive orphan disease of the bronchioles of the lung that leads to death from respiratory failure. BO is the leading cause of loss of transplanted lungs. Of more than 25 000 people currently living with a lung transplant, approximately half will die within the next five years, mainly related to BO. BO also occurs in patients following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant, autoimmune disease and some environmental exposures.

About Breath Therapeutics

Breath is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in advanced and first-in-class inhalation therapies for severe respiratory diseases with high unmet medical need. For its clinical development, the Company is using new proprietary drug formulations optimized for inhaled administration with exclusively licensed, high performance nebulizers. Breath is focusing on integrated therapy solutions in the interaction between diagnostics, therapeutics and eHealth therapy monitoring.

Breath´s lead development program BOSTON is addressing the treatment of BO with a proprietary formulation of liposomal cyclosporine for inhalation. With proceeds from a USD 46 million Series A financing by top-tier European investors Sofinnova, Gimv and Gilde Healthcare, the Company is currently initiating Phase 3 studies in the US and Europe. PARI Pharma, a worldwide leading nebulizer company, is a strategic development partner and licensor for the eFlow® nebulizer technology for Breath’s BOSTON program.

Breath Therapeutics is Germany and US based with offices in Frankfurt, Munich and Boston.

For more information, please visit www.breath-therapeutics.com

Contact:

Breath Therapeutics B.V.
Dr. Jens Stegemann, CEO
Email: contact@breath-therapeutics.com

Media inquiries:

MC Services AG
Dr. Claudia Gutjahr-Loeser, Managing Director
Tel. +49 89 210 228–0
Email: breath-therapeutics@mc-services.eu

 

 

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