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Mid Europa forms advisory board

4 Oct 2011

Central and Eastern Europe-focused private equity firm Mid Europa Partners has formed an industry advisory board to provide insight and introductions in target sectors across the CEE region.

The board is a network of senior industry executives with whom the firm has long- standing relationships. Mid Europa has initially taken on three advisors, and said it expects to expand the board through further selective appointments over time.

Bruno Ducharme is chairman of TIW Capital Partners, a private investment company. From 1994 to 2005 he served as CEO of TIW, a mobile operator with operations in The Czech republic and Romania which he co-founded in 1994 and which was sold to Vodafone for $4.4bn in 2005. In 2010 and 2011 he acted as Group CEO of Vizada, a global satellite services company which EADS has agreed to acquire for $960m.

Steve Johnson is chairman of Dreams Beds in the UK and member of the board of Lenta in Russia. From 2008 to 2009 he served as CEO of Woolworths and prior to that from 2003 to 2007 as CEO of Focus DIY. Previously he worked at Asda, where he held a number of executive positions, including marketing director and corporate development director.

Richard Oppenheim is a supervisory board member of Anzag, a German pharmacy wholesaler and chairman of the board of trustees of Boots Pension Fund. Previously, he held a number of senior executive positions with Unilever, culminating with European executive board responsibility for 13 national operating companies in Russia and countries in the CEE region. Prior to Unilever’s acquisition of Bestfoods, he was on the executive board of Bestfoods Europe. Prior to that he managed Bestfoods/CPC’s operations as country managing director in Hungary, Israel and the UK. He began his career at Lever Brothers.

“Through these appointments we are pleased to build upon the unparalleled experience of our team in executing transactions across the CEE region by tapping into the industrial and operating experience of three seasoned and fully aligned executives in sectors of special interest to Mid Europa,” said Thierry Baudon, a managing partner of Mid Europa.

The firm recently acquired a 65 per cent stake in Turkey-based Kent Hospital Group. The transaction represents Mid Europa’s first investment in Turkey, and its fourth in the healthcare service sector.

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