Dominik Richter has been the Chairman of our board of directors since February 2021. Mr. Richter is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of HelloFresh SE, a Frankfurt listed e-commerce food solutions company with a market cap of more than $10 billion as of December 30, 2020. Founded in 2011, the company had raised over $300 million in total funding by 2017 and was backed by high-profile investors such as Insight Venture Partners, Baillie Gifford and QIA, among others. In October 2017, the company successfully completed its initial public offering and continued to execute on its global growth and operations across 3 continents and 14 different countries. In his function as the Chief Executive Officer of HelloFresh, Mr. Richter was also able to successfully complement organic growth with strategic acquisitions, including the acquisition of Factor75 in 2020 and the acquisition of GreenChef in 2018, both of which were based in the United States, as well as a number of smaller M&A transactions. He has invested in many private companies and has been a trusted partner to founders and entrepreneurs. Mr. Richter holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics in Accounting and Finance and holds an MBA from a leading German business school WHU—Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Roman Kirsch has been our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since February 2021. Mr. Kirsch is a Berlin-based serial entrepreneur and investor in technology and consumer internet space, with experience in founding four companies and investing in more than 20 companies in Europe, where he has been a trusted partner to founders and entrepreneurs. In January 2016, Forbes Magazine US listed Mr. Kirsch in its “30 under 30” Europe list for retail and e-commerce. Companies founded by Mr. Kirsch include Casacanda in 2011, a design and home décor company that was later acquired by Fab.com in 2012, and Lesara in 2013, a vertically integrated fashion retail brand, which was awarded as fastest growing tech company in Europe in 2016 and won the Gartner Price for Retail Innovation in 2018, among others. Lesara filed for bankruptcy in November 2018. From 2013 onwards, Mr. Kirsch started co-founding and investing into digitally native consumer brands through his Rapid Pioneers Group. In 2013, he was a founding investor in Amorelie, which became one of the leading love-toys and lingerie companies in Europe before being sold to ProSiebenSat.1 in 2015. Mr. Kirsch was also an early backer of Instagram direct-to-consumer pioneer Fitvia in 2015, which was acquired in 2019 by Frankfurt-listed Dermapharm, and an investor in several rising stars in the European consumer technology space. Mr. Kirsch holds a business degree from the German business school WHU—Otto Beisheim School of Management. He also has a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics in Accounting and Finance.
Spyro Korsanos has been our Chief Financial Officer since February 2021 and is the managing partner of our affiliate investment advisor. Mr. Korsanos has over 20 years of experience in the technology and media industry. He is the founding managing partner of Fuse Venture Partners (“Fuse”), an investment advisory firm with offices in London, Berlin and Luxembourg and our affiliate investment advisor. Fuse focuses on direct venture capital and growth investments in the European technology sector. Fuse has advised leading European and global technology investors, including Rocket Internet and SoftBank, and various technology ventures in Europe, such as Delivery Hero and HelloFresh in connection with strategic growth initiatives, corporate development initiatives and M&A . For instance, Mr. Korsanos and Fuse led and managed acquisitions of certain businesses on behalf of Delivery Hero, which represent a significant portion of Delivery Hero’s revenues today. From 2015 to 2020, Mr. Korsanos served as a founding partner and founding member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Global Founders Capital (“GFC”). In such capacity, he reviewed and approved more than 300 technology investments from two of GFC’s Luxembourg-based global Internet technology funds, which were the largest Internet venture funds in Europe at the time of their close. Investments covered all funding stages from pre-seed to pre-IPO funding across multiple continents. Mr. Korsanos was recognized as a “TMT M&A Rising Star” at the TMT Finance Awards in London in 2017. Mr. Korsanos holds an MBA from INSEAD (France) and a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics degrees from the University of Sydney.
Our Independent Directors
Manuel Stotz will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Stotz is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and portfolio manager of Kingsway Capital, a London-based investment firm founded in 2015, focused on long-term investments in high-quality franchises in branded consumer goods and consumer internet, in both frontier and emerging markets. He started his career at Goldman Sachs Investment Partners and was a portfolio manager at London-based THS Partners in 2013 before founding Kingsway. Mr. Stotz holds a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. He serves on the board of the Sohn Conference Foundation London and was the founder of the London School of Economics “Pass The Torch” scholarship program.
Jonathan Teklu will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Teklu is an experienced entrepreneur and an active investor. After Mr. Teklu sold his online media company Global Leads Group, where he served as a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, to Holtzbrinck Digital, he co-founded the investment firm Springstar. As managing partner of Springstar, Mr. Teklu was part of the team investing in and supporting Airbnb’s internationalization in 2011/2012. He has invested in several technology companies, including some of Europe’s most successful startups such as Amorelie, Choco, Delivery Hero, One Football and Trade Republic. Mr. Teklu currently serves as Venture Partner at Creandum, a leading European early-stage venture fund, and as an advisor, the first investor and a member of the board of directors of The Collective, a leading Co-Living developer and operator. German, with Ethiopian roots, Mr. Teklu was elected as Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2012 and built the Berlin Hub as founding curator. In 2016, Mr. Teklu was featured on Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30” list. He holds a business degree from WHU—Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Jeronimo Folgueira will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Folgueira served as Chief Executive Officer of Spark Networks SE (NYSE: LOV), which was known as Affinitas GmbH prior to the 2017 merger with Spark Networks Inc, from 2015 until 2019, and he was a member of the board of directors of Spark Networks SE until August 2020. Mr. Folgueira led Spark Networks SE through three M&A transactions and listed the business on the New York Stock Exchange in November 2017. Before joining Spark Networks SE, he held several senior management positions in the media and entertainment industries, including as managing director at Betfair plc (now Flutter Entertainment plc) from 2014 to 2015, managing director at Bigpoint S.à r.l from 2011 to 2014 and Senior Strategy Executive at RTL Group from 2008 to 2011. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics f