Ian McKenzie has joined GMT Communications Partners as a senior advisor. He is the former executive chairman of Invitel, a Hungarian fixed-line telecom provider that was once a GMT portfolio company. The firm also has hired Maria Trokoudes as a senior associate. She previously was with McKinsey & Co. GMT is a European private equity firm focused on the communications sector.
GMT Communications Partners (“GMT”), the leading European independent private equity group focused exclusively on the communications sector, has strengthened its team with two appointments. Ian McKenzie, 57, has joined as Senior Advisor. He is the former Executive Chairman of Invitel, a fixed line telecoms provider in Hungary, which was a GMT portfolio company from 2003 to 2007. Maria Trokoudes, 30, has joined the GMT investment team as a Senior Associate. This follows on from the appointment late last year of Natalie Tydeman as Senior Advisor, who has added further digital and traditional media industry background to the GMT team.
Ian has substantial experience in the telecommunications industry, having spent 32 years at British Telecom in a number of senior roles in the UK and Europe, and later as Chief Operating Officer for the Asia-Pacific region. After leaving British Telecom in 2000, he became Chief Operating Officer of Kingston Communications, a leading provider of communications solutions to businesses and public sector organisations in the UK (2000-02). He subsequently served as an independent consultant to private equity firms investing in the telecommunications industry, including GMT before spending four years at Invitel, initially as Chief Executive Officer and then Executive Chairman.
Ian has also served as a Board director for several international companies including Clear Communications (New Zealand) and Bharti BT (India). He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of UK based Daisy Communications Limited and Czech Republic based, Česk