Heliad Equity Partners to strengthen team in quadruple hire

Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA / Change of Personnel
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Thomas Kunder (45) has been appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of listed private equity company Heliad. He replaces his predecessor, Alexander Mitsch, who left the company last month.
Mr. Kunder has accumulated over the past 16 years financial expertise in the areas of private equity, corporate transactions as well as accounting and valuation. Between 2006 and his arrival at Heliad, he was senior manager within the transaction services department at KPMG in Frankfurt. In this position, he managed financial due diligence projects for company acquisitions by international and national private equity investors and strategic investors. Between 2000 and 2004, he performed a similar task as senior manager of corporate transaction services at Price Waterhouse Coopers AG, Frankfurt. In addition to that, Mr. Kunder was senior vice president at Hudson Advisors, a specialised advisor of distressed loan investments. After completing his studies in business administration, he began his professional career as an auditor and tax accountant with KPMG AG in Frankfurt and New York, where he managed and performed audits of the annual reports of medium-sized and large corporations for eight years.
Ralf Flore, CEO of Heliad, 'Mr. Kunder brings in-depth experience in the private equity sector and in the areas of accounting and valuation to his position as Chief Financial Officer of Heliad. He is a valuable addition to our team, not only under the current market conditions, where we will further manage our existing portfolio and use our solid cash position to take advantage of increasingly attractive acquisition opportunities.'
Heliad has hired three additional staff in the last three months next to Mr. Kunder. In August, Alexander Schwarz (40) has been integrated into the team as Operating Director. He has eleven years of private equity know-how and three years industry expertise given his tenure at listed Alno AG. Prior to this tenure, Alexander Schwarz used to be partner at Munich-based private equity fund Alfinum. Michael Rolf (35) has been Investment Manager for Heliad since October. As an auditor for Price Waterhouse Coopers in recent years, he managed the provision of financial due diligence services for financial and strategic investors. His professional career began in the auditing department of BDO Deutsche Warentreuhand. In addition, Oliver Warnken (26) joined Heliad's team as an Analyst.

++ About Heliad

Heliad is a listed investment company that focuses on companies in predominantly German-speaking countries that are undergoing a strong growth phase. Heliad invests into established, owner-run business models with sales of between 10 and 100 million Euro and a focus on service companies ('asset-light focus'). Heliad uses this investment focus and a buy-and-build strategy to position itself in an attractive niche between Venture Capital and large Buyouts. With around 4,000 employees, the current total of 13 companies within Heliad’s portfolio generate combined sales of more than 650 million Euro. More detailed information on the company is available at www.heliad.de.

Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA
Ralf Flore
Chief Executive Officer
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 71 91 59 65 39
E-Mail: investor-relations@heliad.de

05.11.2008  Financial News transmitted by DGAP

Language:     English
Issuer: Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA               Grüneburgweg 18
              60322 Frankfurt am Main
Phone:        +49 (0)69 719 15 965 0
Fax:          +49(0)69 719 15 965 11
E-mail:       info@heliad.de
Internet:     www.heliad.de
ISIN:         DE0006047293
WKN:          604729
Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr               in München, Berlin, Stuttgart
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