MEET OUR TEAM

We are a team with extensive investment experience and an entrepreneurial family heritage.

Chairman
Philippe Jacobs
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Philippe is also Co-Chairman of Jacobs Holding, a major Swiss-based family controlled investment company. He previously was at Aalto Invest, a value-focussed investment firm acquired by Man Group, and spent time in investment banking at UBS and RBS. He holds an M.Sc. Finance from Imperial College and a BA from St Gallen.

CEO/CIO
Jacob Polny
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Jacob – pronounced [Yakob] – joined Telemos in 2017. Prior to that he spent nine years at global investment firm TPG, where he co-headed the European consumer, retail & leisure sector and was responsible for the Nordic region. Before TPG he was with Altor, the Nordic mid-market private equity firm, where he was involved in a number of investments across business services and industrials. Jacob started his career at Goldman Sachs, in the European investment banking team. He has an MBA from Columbia University and read PPE at Oxford University.

COO
Charlotte Henderson
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Charlotte joined Telemos in 2023.  Prior to that she was COO & General Counsel at the pan-European private capital firm, All Seas Capital, where she established the first fund in 2020.  Her earlier career was in M&A and finance, practising as an English solicitor and New York Attorney-at-Law with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  She holds a MA (hons) in Jurisprudence from Oxford University.

Managing Director
Sami Kassam
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Sami Joined Telemos in 2024. Prior to joining Telemos he was a Partner at Charterhouse Capital Partners for 6 years where he covered Healthcare as well as the UK market. Before joining Charterhouse, Sami worked at Eight Roads (the principal investing arm of Fidelity International) and Terra Firma Capital Partners. Sami started his career at Citi in the investment banking team. He studied Economics at the London School of Economics.

Director
Johan Pettersson
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Johan joined Telemos in 2022. Prior to that he spent eight years at European buyout firm Cinven, where he was part of the Financial Services and Business Services teams and was also responsible for coverage of the Nordic region. Before Cinven, Johan worked as an Associate in the Nordic M&A team at J.P. Morgan (London). He holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management with studies at Lund Institute of Technology and ETH Zurich.

Vice President
Bertrand Fontaine
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Bertrand is a Vice President of and Advisor to the Telemos Group. He joined Telemos in 2017. Prior to that, he was an associate at J.P. Morgan in London where he was part of the Benelux M&A and Corporate Finance team. He holds an MSc. in International Business from HEC Paris and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Business Management and Political Science from Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles.

Vice President
Guy-Alexios Danon
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Guy joined Telemos in 2022. Prior to that, he was Vice President at Oaktree Capital Management in London for over five years, investing in mid-market private equity and special situations across Europe. He started his career in the M&A Execution team at Morgan Stanley. Guy holds an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School and a BSc in Biochemistry from Imperial College London.

Vice President
Piotr Romanik
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Piotr joined Telemos in 2023. Prior to that, he was Vice President at H.I.G. Capital and formerly an Associate at Warburg Pincus, investing in technology companies. Before starting his Private Equity career, Piotr worked as an Analyst in the TMT team at J.P. Morgan (London). Piotr holds an MSc in Finance from the London School of Economics and a BA from University College London.

Associate
Catherine Li
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Catherine joined Telemos in 2023. Prior to that, she was an Associate at Greenhill in London, where she was part of the generalist M&A advisory team. Catherine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Associate
Jason Sitte
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Jason – pronounced [Yazon] – joined Telemos in 2022. Prior to that, he worked at Lazard in London where he was part of the Natural Resources and Healthcare M&A teams. Jason holds a First Class, BSc degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College London.

Associate
Johanna Schmücker
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Johanna joined Telemos in 2023. Prior to joining Telemos, she spent three years at J.P. Morgan in the EMEA Consumer & Retail Investment Banking team in London. She holds an MSc. degree in Finance & Investments from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and a BSc. degree in International Business Studies from the University of Paderborn, Germany.

Associate
Livio Geiger
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Livio joined Telemos in 2021. Prior to Joining Telemos, he worked at Credit Suisse in the Mid-Market Investment Banking team and Financial Sponsors Group in Zurich and London. He holds an MSc. degree in Corporate Finance from Cass Business School and a BSc. degree in Business Administration from the ZHAW School of Management and Law.

Non-Executive Director (Luxembourg)
Enda Fahy
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Enda is a Non-Executive Director at Telemos Luxembourg. He joined Telemos in 2023. Prior to that he worked at FundRock, ONE Group and Greenfinch Real Estate Investment Management. He has also held senior roles at the Cosgrave Group family office and Lidl Ireland GmbH. He holds an LLB degree in Law and European Studies from the University of Limerick in Ireland and is a RICS qualified Chartered Surveyor.

Finance Manager (Luxembourg)
Steven Morvan
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Steven is a Finance Manager at Telemos Luxembourg. He joined Telemos in 2024. Prior to joining Telemos he was acting as financial controller in a private equity firm and before that he was part of service providers for investment funds and vehicles. Earlier, he was working in accounting firms for entrepreneurs and SMEs. He holds a MSc in Finance from the University of Burgundy (France) and is an ACCA member.

Senior Executive Assistant
Chloe Martin
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Chloe joined Telemos in 2023. Prior to that, she was an Executive Assistant at Pamplona Capital Management providing a high level of support over 7 years.

Executive Assistant
Caitlan O’Shea
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Caitlan joined Telemos in 2024. Prior to that she was an Executive Assistant at HighBrook Investors. She has also held Executive Assistant roles at MetLife and Guzman y Gomez in Australia.

Personal Assistant
Rocio Pérez Maier
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Rocio – pronounced [Roseeo] joined Telemos in 2023.
Prior to that, she was a Corporate Receptionist at Cambridge Associates.
She studied Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London.