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

Philippe Jacobs
Executive Chairman

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.

Jacob Polny
Chief Investment Officer

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.

Sean Carney

Sean joined Telemos after heading a significant London-based single-family office, and being COO of The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. His earlier career was in corporate finance/investment banking with Merrill Lynch, HSBC and Goldman Sachs. He holds an US Law Degree from the University of Chicago and an honours BA in economics from Harvard College.

Birgit Hirst
Head of Portfolio Operations

Birgit started off her career at KPMG (New York) and the Boston Consulting Group (Munich) and subsequently held in-house roles leading strategy, business development and transformation. Prior to joining Telemos in 2019 she worked at Navitas, a large private education company, as Director of Strategy and Business Development. Birgit holds an MBA from MIT and a BA from New York University.

Nils Hagerstål
Vice President

Nils joined Telemos in 2018. Prior to that, he spent 5 years at Blue Water Energy, a global Energy-focused private equity firm based in London. He was previously an Associate within Terra Firma Capital Partners’ investment team, focusing on deal execution and portfolio company management. Nils started his career in the investment banking teams at Rothschild & Cie (Paris) and Bank of America Merrill Lynch (London), focusing on M&A, Debt Advisory and Restructuring transactions. He holds an M.Sc. in Management from EDHEC.

Bertrand Fontaine

Bertrand 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.

Dipesh Mahtani

Dipesh joined Telemos in 2018. Prior to that, he was an Associate at Rothschild in London, where he spent over three years as part of the Healthcare M&A team, working across Healthcare Services, Pharma and MedTech. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Classics from Oxford University (New College).

Anne-Caroline Wujczak
Head of Finance & Administration (Telemos Holding)

Anne-Caroline joined Telemos Holding, a related company based in Luxembourg, in 2019. Active in Luxembourg since 2005, she spent the last ten years working for a family office where she was in charge of accounting, consolidation, tax and legal matters. Prior to that, she held accounting positions with Ernst & Young and Ikano and started her career as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers in France. Anne-Caroline holds a masters degree in finance, accounting and audit from EM Strasbourg Business School.

Maria Lewis
Office Manager

Maria joined Telemos in September 2019, bringing over 14 years’ experience as Office Manager and C-Level support across the Financial Services and Private Equity Sectors’. Prior to joining Telemos, Maria held positions at two of Canada’s largest pension plans: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Maria holds a B.Sc. (Honours) Management from Warwick Business School (University of Warwick).