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Partech Strengthens its International Foothold with Two Newly Appointed Senior Team Members
Oct. 11, 2021
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Paris, October 11th, 2021 – Partech, the international tech investment firm, headquartered in Paris and investing across Europe, the US, Africa and Asia, is thrilled to announce the addition of two new members to their team. From the UK, Keji Mustapha joins as Global Director of Brand & Community, and from Italy, Simone Riva joins as Senior Principal in the Venture team.
With €2bn AUM and 200+ companies in its portfolio including 12 unicorns such as Alan, ManoMano, Rohlik, Sorare, Wave and Xendit, Partech continues to strengthen its global footprint both through its investments and its team. Keji and Simone will be joining the firm’s existing and diverse team of 70-odd operators, spanning 20+ nationalities.
“An outstanding executive”
Keji, a passionate and creative brand and community builder, joins Partech from Connect Ventures - a London-based, seed stage firm investing in start-ups across Europe. She served as Head of Network, Brand & Culture Operations where she built out the founder value-add initiatives, firm-wide brand strategies and people operations. Focused on scaling the brand’s reach to entrepreneurs across tech ecosystems in key territories in which Partech operates, Keji will continue fostering community with the Paris, Berlin, Dakar and San Francisco ecosystems. Additionally, Keji was recently included on the Financial Times’ 2019 list of 100 Influential Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in UK Tech.
“On behalf of the whole Partech partnership, I am delighted to welcome Keji into our team. Keji is an outstanding executive and is the right person to help us even better articulate and unlock the value we bring to founders through our global networks.” says Omri Benayoun, General Partner at Partech.
“It’s an honour to take on Partech’s first Global Director of Brand and Community role at a time when this function has never been more exciting and important in the tech industry. Partech is on a mission to back, support and enable the best globally-minded entrepreneurs, and core to this is introducing Partech to more current and future entrepreneurs, whilst also supporting the existing portfolio in meaningful & impactful ways, at scale.” adds Keji Mustapha.
"A boost to our international reach”
Simone is a committed and gifted leader who holds a Master’s in Management from ESCP Europe, and another in Business Admin from the University of Turin. He joins Partech from H14, one of the leading Italian Family Offices, where he started his journey as Investment Manager in 2015 and worked his way up to become Head of Digital Investments in early 2018, focused mostly on Germany, France and the US. Prior to that, he worked for four years a Bain & Co specializing on healthcare and PE. In his new role he will cover early-stage investments across Europe.
“Boasting a wealth of experience from all over Europe and having already worked at the early stages with several successful companies such as Deliveroo, ContentSquare, Wefox or Sennder, we are delighted to welcome Simone to the team, and the boost he’ll be adding to our international reach!” comments Philippe Collombel, General Partner at Partech.
“I am very excited to join Partech. I had the opportunity to work with most of the Partners over the past years on very successful portfolio companies we had in common from my previous adventure, always appreciating our exchanges. The firm has consistently identified category leaders in different industry verticals and in these exciting times for the EU ecosystem, other portfolio companies will soon emerge as European/global champions. I’m really looking forward to working with the team to support existing portfolio companies and invest in the next wave of tech leaders, helping the firm to expand its global investment platform.” says Simone Riva.
Born in San Francisco and Paris, Partech is one of the most active tech investors in the world, bringing together capital, operational experience, and strategic support for entrepreneurs at seed, venture and growth stages. The current portfolio includes 200+ companies in more than 30 countries, of which 12 are valued at more than $1B.
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