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    Simon Thompson
    Chairman

    Board of Directors

    Simon Thompson

    Chairman
    Board of Directors
     

    Non-Executive Director since April 2015 and appointed Chairman with effect from close of 2015 AGM. Chairman of Rio Tinto plc. Independent on appointment.

    Previous experience

    Until April 2017 Chairman of Tullow Oil plc. Formerly an executive director of Anglo American plc and chairman of the Tarmac Group. Nonexecutive director of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, Newmont Mining Corporation and Sandvik AB. Senior Independent Director of Amec Foster Wheeler plc. Previous career in investment banking with N M Rothschild and S.G. Warburg.

    Committee involvement:

    Nominations - Chairman
    Remuneration - Member
    Valuations - Member

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    Jo Thomson
    Active Partnership Practice Director

    UK / Private Equity

    Jo Thomson

    Active Partnership Practice Director
    UK / Private Equity
     

    Jo Thomson leads the Active Partnership team. Her core responsibilities include the sharing of best practice across our investors as well as our portfolio companies. This incorporates the delivery of key events such as the CEO and Chairman Forums, developing Active Partnership related training, creating visibility of advisor performance on Active Partnership initiatives as well as working on key business priorities, for example digitisation and sustainability. She is also responsible for the marketing and internal communications for the Private Equity business.

    Prior to joining 3i, Jo worked at EY, initially in their Transaction Advisory Services group and then as Operations Director for their Global Private Equity team.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
    +44 (0)20 7975 3232
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    John Thomson
    Investment Advisor

    UK / Private Equity

    John Thomson

    Investment Advisor
    UK / Private Equity
     

    John joined 3i in 1996. He moved to Singapore in 2000 where he was responsible for 3i’s South East Asia Private Equity business. He is currently an Investment Advisor, based in the UK.

    He led 3i’s investments in Franklin Offshore, a rapidly growing service provider to the offshore and marine industries, and was part of the team that led a capital raising for Asia Capital Re, the first pan-Asia re-insurance start-up. He led the Buyout of LHi, a Medtech company based in China that manufactures and supplies medical leads and harnesses globally.

    John has been on the deal teams for a number of 3i’s Indian investments including BVG. 

    Prior to joining 3i, John spent seven years at Coats Viyella plc. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiology from the University of Glasgow.

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    Oscar Tylegard
    Director

    UK / Infrastructure

    Oscar Tylegard

    Director
    UK / Infrastructure
     

    Oscar joined 3i in 2013 and is responsible for the origination, execution and asset management of infrastructure investments. His transaction experience includes ESVAGT, East Surrey Pipelines, Infinis, Alkane Energy, Elenia and Tampnet. He is currently on the boards of Tampnet and ESVAGT. 

    Prior to joining 3i, Oscar worked in the investment banking department of Macquarie, with a focus on power and utilities.

    Oscar holds a MSc in Economics from Uppsala University.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
    +44 (0)20 7975 3232

     

    Investments

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    Nicolas Urban
    Associate Director

    Germany / Private Equity

    Nicolas Urban

    Associate Director
    Germany / Private Equity
    Consumer  

    Nicolas joined 3i in 2014 and is an Associate Director in the Private Equity team based in Frankfurt.

    He was part of the deal team in 3i's investments in Luqom Group, GartenHaus, MPM, Weener Plastics and KINOLT. He currently sits on the Boards of Luqom Group and Christ and was an Observer on the GEKA Board.

    Previously, Nicolas worked in Deutsche Bank’s investment banking team with a focus on M&A.

    3i office address

    OpernTurm
    Bockenheimer Landstraße 2-4
    60306 Frankfurt am Main
    +49 69 710000 0
    +49 69 710000 113

     

    Investments

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    Kathryn van der Kroft
    Group Communications Director

    UK

    Kathryn van der Kroft

    Group Communications Director
    UK
     

    Kathryn is Group Communications Director. She is responsible for corporate reputation, media relations, internal communications, digital communications and charitable partnerships.

    Kathryn oversees the communication of 3i’s financial calendar activity and its international communications, which involves managing a network of PR agencies across 3 continents. During her career at 3i, she has advised its private equity, infrastructure and debt management business lines and has worked across all its geographies.

    Kathryn previously spent 5 years at Biddicks, a consultancy which specialised in providing financial PR advice to small and mid-cap, publicly quoted companies.

    Kathryn has a degree in English law and European law from London university.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
    +44 (0)20 7975 3232
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    Robert Van Goethem
    Partner

    Benelux / Private Equity

    Robert Van Goethem

    Partner
    Benelux / Private Equity
    Consumer  

    Robert joined 3i in 2005 as a Partner and is based in 3i's Benelux office. As former head of 3i's global Consumer sector, he remains an active member of the sector team. Robert has also led 3i's efforts into developing and executing digital strategies for 3i itself and its portfolio companies.

    He has been involved in, amongst others, Action, Hans Anders, BoConcept, Basic-Fit, KINOLT (formerly known as Euro-Diesel), Amor, ABX Logistics, Azelis, Aviapartner, Hyva, Havea, Christ and VNU Media. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Action.

    Prior to joining 3i, Robert was a Partner at Permira and before that worked in private equity related finance areas at Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup) in London, Citibank in London and Chase Manhattan Bank (now JP Morgan) in New York.

    He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a degree in Business Administration for the University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), and a Law degree from the University of Louvain (Leuven, Belgium).

    3i office address

    Cornelis Schuytstraat 72
    1071 JL Amsterdam
    0031 / 20 3057444
    0031 / 20 3057455

     

    Investments

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    Yaad Virdee
    Associate Director

    UK / Infrastructure

    Yaad Virdee

    Associate Director
    UK / Infrastructure
     

    Yaad is an Associate Director in 3i’s Infrastructure team in London and joined 3i in November 2014. He is primarily responsible for the origination and execution of deals and the management of assets in the infrastructure sector.

    Yaad holds board positions at Oiltanking companies in Amsterdam, Terneuzen, Ghent and Malta.

    Prior to joining 3i, Yaad worked in the Corporate Finance division of Ernst & Young. Yaad is a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and holds a BSc in mathematics from Bristol University.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
    +44 (0)20 7975 3232
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    Ulf von Haacke
    Partner, Managing Director, Head of Industrial

    Germany / Private Equity

    Ulf von Haacke

    Partner, Managing Director, Head of Industrial
    Germany / Private Equity
    Industrial  

    Ulf joined 3i Germany in 2001 and was appointed joint Managing Director and co-head of Germany in May 2009. He is responsible for 3i's Industrial sector.

    Ulf has worked on a number of Private Equity transactions at 3i. His most recent deals include Formel D and Weener Plastics, where he also sits on the board. He has also led the successful exits of ATESTEO, GEKA and HILITE International.

    Ulf studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), where he also received a PhD. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University Hagen.

    3i office address

    OpernTurm
    Bockenheimer Landstraße 2-4
    60306 Frankfurt am Main
    +49 69 710000 0
    +49 69 710000 113
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    Wolfgang Schmitz, CEO of ATESTEO, explains how 3i’s expertise in the automotive industry helped ATESTEO accelerate its international growth.
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    Rutger Vos
    Director

    Benelux / Private Equity

    Rutger Vos

    Director
    Benelux / Private Equity
    Consumer  

    Rutger Vos joined 3i in 2015 and is a member of the Benelux Private Equity and global Consumer teams.

    He is currently involved in 3i's investments in Hans Anders, eyes + more and Action, and previously worked on the acquisition of Royal Sanders and the divestment of Refresco. He currently serves on the Board of Hans Anders.

    Prior to joining 3i, he worked in J.P. Morgan’s Benelux M&A team in London.

    He holds an MSc in Finance from Duisenberg School of Finance, a BSc in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and a BSc in Economics & Business from VU University Amsterdam.

    3i office address

    Cornelis Schuytstraat 72
    1071 JL Amsterdam
    0031 / 20 3057444
    0031 / 20 3057455

     

    Investments

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    Sophia Walwyn-James
    Associate Director

    UK / Fund Investor Relations

    Sophia Walwyn-James

    Associate Director
    UK / Fund Investor Relations
     

    Sophia is an Associate Director in 3i’s Fund Investor Relations team, responsible for managing 3i's private equity funds, interacting with Limited Partners, and new fundraising and co-investment activity.

    Sophia joined 3i in 2011 from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where she had experience as an LP in a portfolio of European private equity funds.

    Sophia holds an honours degree in History from the University of Durham.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
    +44 (0)20 7975 3232
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    Phil White
    Managing Partner, Head of Infrastructure

    UK / Infrastructure

    Phil White

    Managing Partner, Head of Infrastructure
    UK / Infrastructure
     

    Phil joined 3i in 2007 and is Managing Partner and Head of 3i’s Infrastructure business and a member of 3i’s Executive Committee, Investment Committee and Group Risk Committee.

    Prior to joining 3i, he was Division Director in Macquarie’s Infrastructure Funds business, where he managed investments in the transport sector. Phil has over 20 years of infrastructure investment, advisory and finance experience from earlier roles at Barclays and WestLB.

    Phil has an MBA from London Business School.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
    +44 (0)20 7975 3232

    3i’s Phil White and Elenia’s CEO, Tapani Liuhala, and COO, Jorma Myllymäki, discuss how Elenia grew and developed during our 5 year partnership.

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    Julia Wilson
    Group Finance Director

    Board of Directors

    Julia Wilson

    Group Finance Director
    Board of Directors
     

    Julia is Group Finance Director of 3i Group plc having been appointed to the Board on 1 October 2008. She is a member of the Executive and Investment Committees.

    Julia began her career at Arthur Andersen, and held a variety of tax and financial roles at Hanson plc, Tomkins plc and Cable & Wireless plc before joining 3i in 2006.

    Julia is also a non-executive director of Barclays PLC, and a member of the ICAEW (ACA) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

    3i office address

    16 Palace Street
    London SW1E 5JD
    +44 (0)20 7975 3131
    +44 (0)20 7975 3232
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    Kristina Wiren
    Senior Associate, Private Equity

    Germany / Private Equity

    Kristina Wiren

    Senior Associate, Private Equity
    Germany / Private Equity
    Consumer, Healthcare  

    Kristina joined 3i in 2019 and is a Senior Associate in the Private Equity team based in Frankfurt.

    She focuses on the origination and execution of investments in Germany as well as in the Consumer and Healthcare sectors. She was part of the deal team in 3i's investment in GartenHaus. She is involved in 3i's investment in Luqom Group.

    Prior to joining 3i, Kristina worked as an Investment Banking analyst at ALANTRA in Germany.

    Kristina holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Copenhagen Business School.

    3i office address

    OpernTurm
    Bockenheimer Landstraße 2-4
    60306 Frankfurt am Main
    +49 69 710000 0
    +49 69 710000 113

     

    Investments

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    Peter Wirtz
    Co-Head, Private Equity

    Germany / Private Equity

    Peter Wirtz

    Co-Head, Private Equity
    Germany / Private Equity
    Consumer  

    Peter joined 3i Germany in 1998. He was appointed co-Managing Director 3i Deutschland in May 2009 and Co-Head of Private Equity in April 2019.

    During his time at 3i, Peter has taken a leading role across more than 15 transactions including Lampenwelt, Christ, Scandlines, Amor and MotorenWerkeMannheim (MWM).

    Further transactions in which Peter has been involved include 3i’s investments in ICE, Action, Basic-Fit, NORMA, Hyva and Azelis. Peter currently sits on the Boards of Christ, Scandlines and ICE.

    Prior to joining 3i, Peter worked for Procter & Gamble and Deutsche Bank. He holds a degree in Business and Administration from the University of Bamberg.

    3i office address

    OpernTurm
    Bockenheimer Landstraße 2-4
    60306 Frankfurt am Main
    +49 69 710000 0
    +49 69 710000 113
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