John Von Spreckelsen
Chairman, Operating Partner
John joined OpCapita as a Founding Operating Partner in April 2006 with over 45 years of experience in turnaround management, making him one of the most experienced executives in European Retail at that time. He has held a number of Chairman and CEO roles predominantly with retail focused organisations in need of operational leadership including Forstinger Handel und Service (automotive parts retailer), Safestore Holdings (self-storage), Somerfield PLC (multiple food retailer), Budgens PLC (food retailer) and Bowater Corporation (logistics). His early career was spent at Inghams Travel and Bank of America.
In 1988 he established his own project and turnaround company, Cellec AG, which led him to senior roles at major food retailers, Budgens and Somerfield, where he successfully transformed both businesses. At Somerfield, John was responsible for overseeing the turnaround, creating a total shareholder return in excess of 300% in five years.
John is Chairman of NKD Group, an OpCapita investee company. From 2006 – 2013, he was Chairman of Thorntons PLC, the UK chocolate manufacturer and retailer.