Octopus Expands Venture Staff

Octopus said it appointed Sebastien Canderle and Rebecca Marshall to its ventures staff.


Octopus boosts ventures team with new appointments

Octopus today announced that it has recently appointed Sebastien Canderle and Rebecca Marshall to its growing ventures team as the company continues to expand its portfolio of high growth investments.

The ventures team at Octopus has been together for over a decade and has a successful track record of investing in early-stage companies, such as Zoopla, Graze.com, Swiftkey and Secret Escapes.

Commenting on the appointments, Alex Macpherson, head of the ventures team at Octopus, said: “We are thrilled to have Sebastien and Rebecca on board. They bring a wealth of experience and will play a valuable role as we continue to expand the business and our portfolio of growth investments.

“The UK enterprise market is thriving and London is rapidly establishing itself as a centre for innovation and growth. 2013 looks set to be another strong year for UK entrepreneurship. We are looking forward to the opportunities that this represents to work with a growing number of talented management teams, and to continue to support the growth of this dynamic and important sector of the UK economy on behalf of our investors.”

Sebastien has over 15 years’ experience in the technology, media, telecom and business services sectors as an M&A adviser, management consultant and private equity investor in London, New York and Paris. He is a chartered accountant and holds an MBA from the Wharton School.

Commenting on his appointment, Sebastien said: “I am excited to be joining such an established team that is passionate about backing talented entrepreneurs and helping them to achieve their business ambitions. The enterprise market is full of opportunity and I am looking forward to helping Octopus build its portfolio.”

The work of the ventures team is supported by its unique access to a pool of expertise, knowledge and network through the Octopus Venture Partners, a group of over 100 entrepreneurs and business experts who have successfully grown and managed businesses.

Rebecca Marshall added: “Octopus presents an opportunity to work alongside successful entrepreneurs in their own right and a team of experienced investment professionals who have created an impressive portfolio of successful companies for Octopus’ investors. I look forward to supporting the team as it continues to find opportunities for its investors in the enterprise market.”

Rebecca is a qualified chartered accountant and joined the team from Deloitte’s Corporate Finance division, where she was involved in a diverse range of M&A and capital market deals across a range of sectors.