GMT Communications Promotes Pair

GMT Communications Partners has promoted Natalie Tydeman to partner and Vikram Krishna to principal. Tydeman joined the European private equity firm in 2007 as a senior associate, after having run business development for Fremantle Media. Krishna joined in 2005 as a portfolio reporting analyst.

GMT Communications Partners, the leading European independent private equity group focused exclusively on the communications sector, has made two senior promotions. With effect from January, Natalie Tydeman has been promoted to Partner, and Vikram Krishna has been promoted to Principal.

Natalie Tydeman joined GMT in 2007 as a Senior Advisor and has over 10 years experience in digital and traditional media. She was previously at Fremantle Media where she was Senior Vice President, Business Diversification. Prior to joining Fremantle Media in 2003, Natalie was Managing Director, Online & Interactive at Fox Kids Europe, Director of Business Development at Discovery Communications Europe and part of the start-up team for Excite Europe. Natalie has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA Hons in Mathematics from Oxford University.
Vikram Krishna joined GMT in 2005 as a Portfolio Reporting Analyst, he was promoted to Associate in 2006 and to Senior Associate in 2009. He was actively involved in the acquisition of Titan’s UK-based roadside billboard assets, by GMT portfolio company Primesight, completed in September 2009. In addition, during 2009 he had an integral role in the operational re-structuring of Multicom, the Swedish monitored alarm business backed by GMT in 2005. Vikram was formerly a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing on due diligence and traditional audit assignments for private equity clients. He has a BA in Economics and Management from Oxford University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Jeff Montgomery, Managing Partner, GMT commented:
“We are delighted with Natalie and Vikram’s promotions, which are a reflection of their commitment and expertise, and are both highly deserved. While the overall private equity landscape has been muted in recent months, the European communications sector is continuing to present some excellent investment opportunities. Our focus remains on high growth companies that can build a sustainable, protected market position, and we are seeing many, high quality businesses that are managing to achieve this, despite the recent economic uncertainty. We plan to continue growing our team as the year progresses.”

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Note to Editors
GMT Communications Partners (www.gmtpartners) is a European independent private equity group focused exclusively on the communications sector, having actively invested in the European marketplace for the past 17 years. GMT, with a team of 13 multi-lingual investment professionals, is focused on providing buyout and expansion capital for high growth companies. As industry practitioners, GMT focuses heavily on developing new strategic directions for established businesses that are able to benefit from new communication technologies. Since its foundation in 1993, GMT has invested in 28 companies and completed over 100 transactions across 18 countries, exclusively in European media/communications.
GMT has organised syndicated portfolio financings (including equity and debt) with a total value in excess of €3.5 billion, and raised three funds totalling over €775 million.