Global investment firm KKR has appointed Jacques Veyrat as a Senior Advisor to support the investment activities in France.
Mr Veyrat is a senior French executive with deep experience across a range of different sectors. He currently manages his own company, Impala SAS, a diversified investment company with around €1bn net asset value, active in energy, manufacturing, consumer brands, and asset management.
Before founding Impala in 2011, Mr Veyrat served as Chairman and Chief Executive of the global merchant and commodity company Louis Dreyfus Group, and of telecoms company Neuf Cegetel before its acquisition by SFR.
Mr Veyrat’s appointment builds on KKR’s 15-year track record of supporting the growth and development of major French companies into global and French champions. Investments span a range of sectors of the French economy, including industrials (Legrand, Tarkett, Winoa), software and outsourcing (Webhelp, OVH), and luxury goods (SMCP).
In addition, the firm has deployed growth equity capital backing high-growth French technology businesses, including Ivalua and Fotolia.
Across France, KKR supports the employment of almost 10,000 people through the operations of its 18 portfolio companies.
In the country, the firm has recently promoted a number of senior French executives including Nicolas Gheysens, Edouard Pillot, Vincent Policard and Jean-Pierre Saad.
Mr Veyrat will work closely with Henry Kravis, Johannes Huth and the wider EMEA leadership team on the development of KKR’s platform in France.