GMT Communications Partners said Monday that Natalie Tydeman was promoted to Senior Partner, Vikram Krishna to Partner and Francois Stoessel to Principle. The changes were effective as of January.
GMT Communications Partners, the leading European independent private equity group focused exclusively on the content, communications infrastructure and tech enabled services markets, has made three senior promotions. With effect from January 2015, Natalie Tydeman has been promoted to Senior Partner, Vikram Krishna to Partner and Francois Stoessel to Principle. Natalie Tydeman (Senior Partner) joined GMT in 2007. Since joining, she has successfully completed GMT’s investment in Bigpoint, a European developer of browser-based online games, in 2008, and has most recently played a leading role in the acquisition of Seagull, a leading provider of computer based training for seafarers worldwide. Natalie brings substantial knowledge of the digital media space, having worked in the Communications industry for 17 years. She was previously at Fremantle Media as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Online & Interactive at Fox Kids Europe. Natalie has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA Hons in Mathematics from Oxford University. Vikram Krishna (Partner) joined GMT in 2005 and was a former manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers, working in both London and Zurich focusing on due diligence and traditional audit assignments for private equity clients. His current portfolio responsibilities include Multicom Security, Primesight and MeetingZone. Most recently he played an integral role in the divestment of PEPcom GmbH and the operational restructuring of Multicom Security, including it’s merger with Safetel AS and subsequent refinancing. Vikram has a BA in Economics and Management from Oxford University and is a Chartered Accountant. Francois Stoessel (Principle) joined GMT as an Associate in 2011 and has a current directorship at Karnov Group. Francois previously worked at KKR as an Associate in the European Investment team, focusing on Industrials and Telecoms. Prior to that he was with Deutsche Bank’s investment banking division. Francois has an MSc (Honours) in Finance from HEC Paris. Tim Green, Managing Partner, GMT commented: “We are delighted to announce these three senior management promotions, which are a real reflection of their continued commitment and expertise, and are richly deserved. The private equity landscape showed strong activity in H2 2014 and 2015 looks set to be another year of continued deal growth and recovery. With high quality deals and strong valuations setting the tone already this year, we feel that these appointments give us a strong base for continued successes in this climate. Specifically, our target markets continue to present excellent investment opportunities, with our focus remaining on high growth companies that can build a sustainable, protected market position.”