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
++ 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
++ 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
Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: +49 69 71 91 59 65 39
09.03.2009 Financial News transmitted by DGAP
Issuer: Heliad Equity Partners GmbH & Co. KGaA
60322 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 71 91 59 65 0
Fax: +49 69 71 91 59 65 11
Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr
in Berlin, München, Stuttgart
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