Investment Team
Morten Bligaard – Managing Partner

Morten Bligaard has worked within Investment Banking and Private Equity for more than 20 years in the UK and Continental Europe – and across a broad range of industries. Morten’s experience includes transactions and investments in complex situations including companies undergoing operational and strategic change, companies with multiple parties and/or owners and situations which involve multiple financial and financing issues. Prior to Green Park Partners, Morten was a Principal with Doughty Hanson & Co – one of the leading European private equity firms with more than USD 5bn under management where he led deal origination, transaction execution and portfolio management on acquisitions in Scandinavia, UK and Continental Europe. At Doughty Hanson, Morten completed a number of marketed as well as non-marketed opportunities covering traditional buy-outs and business developments

Before Doughty Hanson, Morten worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in London where he executed M&A and capital markets transactions across Europe.

Morten graduated with a BA in Economics from Copenhagen Business School and later with an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Morten is a Danish national.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah has nearly 25 years of merchant banking, strategy consulting and financial services experience covering UK and International markets.

Hiten was previously Director of International Development at Legal & General, a FTSE 50 company where he was responsible for originating and executing M&A transactions and distribution agreements in emerging markets including China and India. Prior to L&G, he was Head of Corporate Development at Amlin Plc, a FTSE 250 company and a leading commercial insurer operating in the Lloyds of London market, where he led the establishment of Amlin Bermuda as well as a number of acquisition and capital markets transactions.

Hiten worked in corporate advisory initially with UBS and later with Hawkpoint, a leading advisory boutique where he was an Associate Director and focused on larger UK and European M&A transactions.

Hiten started his career as a Strategy Consultant with LEK Consulting in London, a global consultancy focused on strategy, mergers & acquisitions and shareholder value management.

Hiten graduated with first class honours in economics from Bath University and holds an M.Phil in Finance from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Hiten is British.

Gert Andersen

Gert has more than 25 years of advisory experience focused on acquisitions and disposals, financial management and auditing. Gert benefits from widespread experience in a number of industries including pharmaceuticals, retail, IT, banking and mortgage provision, insurance, beverages, fast-moving consumer goods, private equity etc. Gert Andersen is also affiliated with Certum Business Consulting, a management consulting firm specialising in corporate and financial management advisory services.

Before joining Green Park Partners, Gert was a partner of PwC where he managed the Transaction Services Department from 2005-2010. Prior to 2005, Gert provided consultancy and auditing services to a number of medium-sized and large Danish and multinational companies, including consultancy services focused on corporate acquisitions and disposals and financial management.

From 2005 to 2010 Gert was also a member of the PwC Partner Affairs Committee which functions as the partnership’s supervisory board. Between 1993 and 1995, Gert worked for PwC Germany.

He holds an MSc. in Business Economics and Auditing, Copenhagen Business School and is a Danish state authorised public accountant (Approval deposited).

Gert is Danish.

Dr. Joerg Otzen

Joerg Otzen was previously a senior manager at UBL Corporate Financial Services AG, where he managed numerous financial transactions including fundraising, investment review, interim management of companies in external portfolios and private equity funds for different clients. Joerg began his professional career with SBC Warburg in 1995, as a vice president of equity research. In 2000, he became head of corporate development at the industrial group Ascom (Switzerland) and was in charge of all group divestments during Ascom’s 4 year period of financial distress. He led the team which managed projects in international corporate finance, merger and acquisitions, corporate lending, and the establishment of new management in distressed subsidiaries.

Dr. Otzen holds an MSc and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen (Germany) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Joerg is a German national.

Gareth Hoskin

Gareth Hoskin has over 30 years of professional and executive financial services experience covering UK and International markets.

Gareth was an Executive Main Board Director of Legal & General plc, as well as Group Marketing Director, during which time he covered Legal & General’s UK insurance, corporate and savings markets. He served on the board of its main operating company, Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd, for 14 years as well as its UK General Insurance, Group Risk, Unit Trust and Banking businesses. As CEO of Legal & General’s International Division he served on all boards of all its major international subsidiaries and joint ventures across North American, European, North African, Middle East and Asian Markets.

Gareth is a graduate and qualified as an ACA (ICEAW) with Price Waterhouse where he worked for 10 years, both in London and Australia, covering retail and banking markets.

Gareth is British.

Thomas Lane

Thomas Lane has extensive international experience of improving business performance. Since 1997, Thomas has led successful business improvement and turnaround projects. Recent examples include; the stabilisation of a USD 1bn revenue Swiss commodity trading company, review of a Dutch steel business, setting up of a distressed debt fund in Turkey as well as being a non-executive director for technology business preparing for a prepack sale.

Thomas was previously a member of KPMG’s Restructuring Team, where he concentrated on operational improvement of cross border and complex turnarounds, and was involved with corporate roles in South East Asia, where he restructured the operations of a footwear supply business for a major UK retailer. Before his involvement with under-performing businesses, Thomas spent six years in the British Army.

Thomas has an MBA from Cranfield University.

Thomas is British and based in London.

Adrian Harvey

Adrian Harvey has over 25 years of executive experience covering UK and International markets. Adrian is director and shareholder of GHCP Services Ltd, a corporate management business providing CFO-level and Company Secretary expertise to a portfolio of public companies.

Adrian specialises in providing financial and corporate governance to companies wishing to operate their interests under the umbrella of UK AIM and LSE Listed companies. Adrian has extensive experience with preparing and structuring IPOs, takeovers, corporate restructuring including de-listings and with corporate streamlining for companies looking to divest surplus and non-core corporate structures on acquisition of operating assets. Adrian is also a director, shareholder and retained adviser to a number of early stage natural resource project companies.

Adrian spent 10 years in general practice before moving into industry, including roles as Group Controller of BTR plc’s Electric Power division (manufacturing, engineering and power generation projects worldwide), Group Financial Controller of Max Petroleum plc (Upstream E&P Kazakhstan), and Toledo Mining corporation plc (Nickel Mining, Philippines).

Adrian is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Adrian is British.

Industry & Investment Panel
Brian Cassady

Results-oriented senior executive with a 25+ year track record – and with demonstrated ability to drive dramatic improvements in sales and operational performance and developing high performing teams at underperforming middle-market publicly traded and private businesses.

Expert at cost reductions, working capital and liquidity management, financial restructurings. Extensive experience with lean manufacturing, mergers & acquisitions, financings – and have experience in in aerospace and automotive manufacturing, technology and industrial / general manufacturing businesses in Europe and US.

Led turnarounds of 30+ companies with aggregate revenues of nearly USD 33bn, including three Turnaround Management Association (“TMA”) Turnaround of the Year Award winners. Appointed to ten C-Level positions (CEO, CFO, COO, CRO), two public company directorships and two private company directorships on behalf of defaulted bondholders.

Spent 5 years as director at AlixPartners, 4 years as restructuring advisor at Sun Capital Partners, and 5 years as CEO at Fansteal Inc, an operational restructuring and turnaround of USD 110m manufacturer of complex engineered metal parts for the aerospace, power generation and automotive markets as supplier to e.g. Toyota and with factories in Germany, Mexico and the US.

Brian has a BSc in Business Administration and General Management from Indiana University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jacques Steffens

30 years senior management experience in the FMCG sector – Unilever, Elizabeth Arden and Orangina Schweppes.

Jacques has 30 years experience in strategy leadership and operational execution, working across diverse sectors, audiences and global locations, both in large corporates and in SMEs, delivering results in turnaround, stable and growing businesses. Jacques has led and supported M&A efforts, post-acquisition management and successful fund raising projects.

CEO of Orangina Schweppes, a Euro 1.2bn and 2,500 FTE global soft drinks business previously owned by PE firms Blackstone Group and Lion Capital LLP and now owned by the Suntory Group in Japan. Jacques chaired the OSG board and was a member of the Suntory Beverages & Food Strategy Board. Developed and implemented new strategy to accelerate organic growth with a focus on effectiveness and cost control.

EVP at Elizabeth Arden Inc (EA), a USD 1.2bn global prestige skincare, make-up and fragrance business which had been sold to private investors out of Unilever. Jacques was head of all international and grew this part of the EA from USD 180m to USD 450m (CAGR 12%+) and turned a loss into annual profits of USD 50m.

At Unilever for more than 15 years and worked in various financial roles and within different parts of the Unilever Group including speciality chemicals, prestige beauty and ice-cream & frozen foods.

Studied at London School of Economics.

Andrea D’Angelo

30 years of advisory, consulting and managerial experience in diversified sectors including Telco, Media & Technology, Food & Beverage, Retail, Transportation and Manufacturing.

Andrea has experience in different stages of investment process both buy-side and sell-side, as well as post-acquisition phases, working for private equity and corporations. Andrea has been in various Board of Director postings as well as acted as Investor. From a functional perspective his focus areas are Strategy, Customer Experience Enhancement, Digital Transformation, Operational Excellence, Marketing and Loyalty Management.

Andrea received a B.A. in Economics with laude from University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

Andrea has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mustafa Jama

25 years investment experience into sector and infrastructure investments – Morgan Stanley Alternative Investments.

Mustafa was Head and Chief Investment Officer of the USD 23bn Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners Hedge Fund group and member of the AIP Fund of Hedge Funds Investment Committee for 13 years. Previously, Mustafa was a managing director and head of manager sourcing for Glenwood Capital Investments and director and portfolio manager at Deutsche Bank Absolute Return Strategies. Earlier, he managed client capital at Bankers Trust / Deutsche Bank, utilizing option strategies in equities, fixed income, currencies and commodities and also managed Deutsche Bank’s proprietary capital.

Mustafa received a B.S. in civil engineering from Southern University and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Southern California.

He received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Carl Sverdrup

30 years experience in industry and markets for industrial B2B electrical equipment and systems – ABB Group and Flaekt Group.

Carl Sverdrup has worked with business development for ABB Group management and has managed industrial businesses for ABB Group, Flaekt Group and Twin City Fan Inc. He has held responsibility for businesses with revenues ranging from Euro 40m to 300m and employing from 400 to 3,000 people. Carl has extensive experience with business turnaround and top-line growth in global markets. He has extensive experience with large scale projects, high volume products, OEM businesses and the service element of industrial businesses. Carl has managed businesses with operations in more than 20 different countries in Europe, Asia and North America.

Carl has advised on several private equity investments for Triton Partners, Advent International and Procuritas. Carl’s role and involvement has typically included later add-on acquisitions and the streamlining of expanded companies.

He holds an MBA from London Business School.

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