Appointment of Operating Partner Elysian Capital LLP

Elysian Capital LLP is pleased to announce its latest appointment to the team. James Cunningham is joining as an Operating Partner.

He will work alongside the investment teams in sourcing, assessing and completing acquisitions, and also in advising and mentoring management teams in Elysian Capital’s investee companies. His role will be to supplement the work of existing Operating Partner and Elysian Chairman, Dr Chai Patel.

Mr Cunningham has extensive industry experience, having worked at Bunzl plc from 1995-1999 and then again from 2002 to 2009, latterly as Managing Director, Bunzl UK and Ireland; a business with sales of over £1bn in 2008. From 1999-2002, Mr Cunningham was COO of EurotaxGlass’s Holdings AG and has previously worked at McKinsey and Unilever. He has a degree from Cambridge University and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Dr Chai Patel, Chairman of Elysian Capital, said: “I am delighted that James has decided to join us. When we formed Elysian it was with the firm goal of creating a new type of private equity organisation that brought together real management operating ability to complement our existing strengths and experience in private equity investing.

“James will further our ability to provide experienced mentoring and support to our investee companies. We believe that quality management, properly supported and working alongside entrepreneurs, are the future of private equity in our sector. Above average returns will increasingly come from operational change, revenue enhancement and profit improvement rather than from financial engineering.”