OpCapita LLP (OpCapita), the private investment firm specialising in operational turnarounds in the European retail, consumer and leisure sectors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Alexander as an operating partner.
Stephen has more than 30 years experience across a wide range of consumer businesses in Europe and the US. He began his career with Imperial Foods before moving to Allied Domecq plc where he was Chairman of Lyons Tetley, Dunkin Donuts and Allieds pub group and Chief Executive of both the Retailing and Food Divisions. He spent 2 years with Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst as Chief Executive of Hillsdown Holdings followed by 8 years as Operational Managing Director at Terra Firma. During this time at Terra Firma Stephen led strategic and operational change in businesses including Meridien Hotels, Odeon Cinemas, AWAS Aircraft Leasing and international music company, EMI.
Stephen is currently Chairman of Immediate Media Co, Look Ahead Housing and Care and a Non-Executive Director of Dairy Crest Group plc.
Stephen is OpCapitas third Operating Partner joining David Hamid and John von Spreckelsen. Stephens extensive experience, knowledge and strong track record further strengthens the team as the company continues to develop opportunities and investments within the consumer and retail space. In the past six months, OpCapita has acquired Comet, the electricals retailer, and GAME UK, the video games retailer.
Henry Jackson, OpCapitas Managing Partner and Chief Executive, said:
We are delighted to announce Stephens appointment. His CV speaks for itself. He has implemented effective operational change at large consumer facing businesses throughout a long career and he will be a great asset to the partnership. His background and experience will be extremely valuable as we continue to develop the business and seek out new and interesting opportunities within the retail, consumer and leisure sectors.
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