Heliad: Hans-Olaf Henkel joins Heliad supervisory board


Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA / Change of Personnel
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++ Hans-Olaf Henkel joins Heliad supervisory board
++ Well-known manager with an extensive network can provide an impetus for    further growth

++ Personnel changes on the supervisory board taking place according to    plan following conclusion of the ramp-up phase

Prof. Hans-Olaf Henkel, 68, has joined the supervisory board of Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA (ISIN: DE000A0L1NN5 / WKN: A0L1NN). The appointment is being made at an important time in Heliad's history: the company's ramp-up and positioning phase was concluded at the end of last year, setting a course for further growth.

A former president of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the former European head of IBM, Prof. Henkel has many years of management experience and an extensive network within the German economy, in particular among medium-sized businesses. Prof. Henkel is, inter alia, currently on the supervisory boards of Continental AG, Bayer AG and Daimler Luft- und Raumfahrt AG.

Prof. Henkel: 'I am looking forward to supporting Heliad's further development. With its experienced, dynamic team, the company has built an outstanding reputation for developing small and medium-sized companies. Responsible equity investors such as Heliad play an important role in providing funds to small and mid-sized businesses in Germany, particularly against the backdrop of the current financial crisis and the banks' increasingly restrictive credit policy that goes along with it.'
Ralf Flore, CEO of Heliad: 'We consider winning over Professor Henkel for our supervisory board as an affirmation of our successful work with mid-sized businesses. With his support and with available funds of approximately EUR 50 million, we intend to significantly expand our portfolio in the coming years. In the current economic crisis, the supply of promising targets for acquisitions, which can be purchased at attractive conditions, is currently very great.'

At the same time that Prof. Henkel is joining the supervisory board of Heliad, Andreas Lange is also shifting from the company management - which has been expanded by new hires over the last months - to the supervisory board. As planned, former supervisory board members Ralph Konrad and Dr. Peter Schmidt are retiring from the board, which will thus now consist of three persons: Professor Hans-Olaf Henkel, Andreas Lange and Volker Rofalski. The company and the supervisory board express their appreciation to Dr. Peter Schmidt and Mr. Konrad for the ramp-up work of the past years and for their strong personal commitment.

CEO Ralf Flore and CFO Thomas Kunder now constitute Heliad's management board.

++ About Heliad

Heliad is a publicly listed investment company which invests in high-growth companies in German-speaking countries. Heliad relies in this respect on established, owner-managed business models with sales of between EUR 10 million and EUR 100 million and a focus on service providers ('asset-light' focus). With this investment focus and its buy-and-build strategy, Heliad is positioned in the attractive niche between venture capital and traditional buyouts. With around 4,000 employees, the twelve companies currently in Heliad's portfo-lio generate combined sales of more than EUR 650 million. Further information about the company can be found at www.heliad.com.

Contact:
Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA
Thomas Kunder
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: +49 69 71 91 59 65 39
E-Mail: investor-relations@heliad.com


09.03.2009  Financial News transmitted by DGAP

 
Language:     English
Issuer: Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA               Gr├╝neburgweg 18
              60322 Frankfurt am Main
              Deutschland
Phone:        +49 69 71 91 59 65 0
Fax:          +49 69 71 91 59 65 11
E-mail:       info@heliad.com
Internet:     www.heliad.com
ISIN:         DE000A0L1NN5
WKN:          A0L1NN
Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr               in Berlin, M├╝nchen, Stuttgart
 
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