Our people

The skill, dedication, vision and creativity of our people drives our success.

Investcorp develops, retains and attracts talented people of many nationalities, and provides a distinctive culture in which they can thrive and excel. We promote an entrepreneurial environment and a partnership mindset.

We employ dedicated, client-focused individuals with the ability to make the right connections to the right deals on behalf of clients.

Advisory directors

  • Jean-Luc Allavena

    Jean-Luc Allavena

    London

    Jean-Luc Allavena

    Jean-Luc Allavena

    London

    Advisory Director

    Jean-Luc Allavena earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from France’s leading business school, HEC Paris, in 1986. He began his career as an Analyst at Banque Paribas from 1986 to 1988 before joining Lyonnaise des Eaux – now Engie – in 1989 as Financial Controller. In 1992, he became the Chief Financial Officer of Techpack International (Pechiney). This company, specialized in the packaging of cosmetics and luxury goods, was one of the first large buyouts in France, with Pechiney and LBO France as shareholders. He then became the Chief Operating Officer in 1996, and the Chairman and CEO of Pechiney World Luxury Cosmetics Division in 1999. In 2000, he joined Lagardère Media as the Group Chief Operating Officer. He was also a member of the four main divisions of the group (Hachette Livre, Hachette Filipacchi Médias, Hachette Distribution Services and Lagardère Active). A native of Monaco, where his family has been established for 150 years, Jean-Luc Allavena was called to serve as the first Chief of Staff of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2005 – 2006. In this role, he contributed to setting the strategic orientations and launching of the Prince's Reign. Jean-Luc Allavena then joined Apollo Global Management as a partner in London in 2007. Apollo is one of the major investment platforms in the world with more than $200 billion assets under management. Jean-Luc Allavena is member of the Board of Altice Group (telecom), Verallia and the bank Paris-Bertrand-Sturdza.

    In recognition of his achievements, he was successively made the Honorary Chairman of HEC Alumni Association, of the HEC Foundation, and of the French-American Foundation France. In 2017, Jean-Luc Allavena was appointed President of the Aspen Institute France, a non-partisan  organization bringing together prominent French and international decision-makers from the private, public, cultural, and academic sectors to address some of the world’s most complex problems and take action for the common good.

  • Gary Appel

    Gary Appel

    New York

    Gary Appel

    Gary Appel

    New York

    Advisory Director

    Gary Appel joined Investcorp in 2013 as Vice Chairman of Corporate Investment-North America.

    Gary retired in 2012 as Vice Chairman of Castle Harlan, Inc. Prior to that he was Vice Chairman of Glencoe Capital, Ltd. In the late 1990's he served as a Senior Managing Director of Bear Stearns. For the 17 years prior to that he was with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. serving as a Managing Director and a founding partner of DLJ Merchant Banking. He was a member of DLJ Merchant Banking's Board of Directors and its Investment Committee.

    Gary currently serves on the board of directors of  Optiv, Inc. Polyconcept Investment B.V., Randall-Reilly, LLC and totes»ISOTONER Corporation.  He also serves as an Executive in Residence of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and as a member of the Advisory Board of its Private Equity Program.

    Gary earned his BA with honors from Vassar College and his MBA from Columbia University.

  • Michael Bernstein

    Michael Bernstein

    New York

    Michael Bernstein

    Michael Bernstein

    New York

    Advisory Director

    Michael Bernstein became an Advisory Director to Investcorp’s corporate investment team in 2016. 

    Mr. Bernstein served as Chairman and CEO of Polyconcept, the largest supplier of promotional merchandise in the world, with operations throughout the North America, Europe and Asia until 2015. Mr. Bernstein started his career in the promotional industry in 1992 with Leed’s, the predecessor organization to Polyconcept.  Investcorp acquired Mr. Bernstein’s company in 2005, combining it with the largest European promotional company to create Polyconcept. Mr. Bernstein currently is the Managing Partner for Woodland Management, a family investment office that invests in all asset classes with a special emphasis on operating businesses and real estate.  

    Mr. Bernstein received his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his investment activities, Mr. Bernstein serves on a number of Boards for non-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh region as well as teaches a class in entrepreneurship to high school students in low income neighborhoods.  

  • Klaus Martin Bukenberger

    Klaus Martin Bukenberger

    London

    Klaus Martin Bukenberger

    Klaus Martin Bukenberger

    London

    Advisory Director

    Klaus Martin Bukenberger joined Investcorp as an Advisory Director to the European corporate invesmtent team in 2008. Klaus began his career in the machinery industry in Baden-Wurttemberg where he gained experience in the areas of controlling and finance.

    He is former Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik AG and former CEO of Homag AG. He is still heavily involved in this latter business and has been a Supervisory Board Member since 2006. He is currently chairman of the supervisory board of Sick AG and a member of the supervisory board of Homag Group AG, chairman of the advisory board of Carl Mahr GmbH & Co KG and member of the advisory boards of Rutronik GmbH and Deutsche Bank AG.

  • Brian N. Dickie

    Brian N. Dickie

    London

    Brian N. Dickie

    Brian N. Dickie

    London

    Advisory Director

    Brian Dickie became an Advisory Director to the private equity team in 2010.  Prior to that, Brian had been a member of the European private equity team since 2003. 

    Brian joined Investcorp from TXU Energy in Dallas, Texas, where he had been president of the company's North American Group since 1999.  Before then, Brian was chief operating officer at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, an international strategic consultancy where he worked for 17 years and where he had also been managing partner of the company's Asia Pacific, Japan and Middle East region.

    Brian currently serves as chairman or non-executive director of several companies in Europe and the Middle East.

    Brian holds an MA in English from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard.

  • Hemant Gosain

    Hemant Gosain

    Hemant Gosain

    Hemant Gosain

    Hemant Gosain, also known as Sunny, joined Investcorp as an Advisory Director to the North America corporate investment team in 2017. Sunny is the CEO & Executive Chairman of Omniquo, an Artificial Intelligence company. Sunny is a seasoned executive in the technology sector with a successful track record in heading up large global organizations and in executing start-up ventures in cloud, mobility and enterprise software. He is also an advisor to growth based tech firms in the telecommunications (contact center software), ERP, CRM, A.I. , Retail automation and manufacturing supply chain domains. Prior to Omniquo, Sunny served in numerous leadership roles such as the Chief Product Officer & Executive Vice President of inContact Inc. (NASDAQ: SAAS, acquired by NICE), the Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President at Compiere Inc.(acquired by Aptean), the Vice President at Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), as Systems Manager at MCI Systemhouse (acquired by HP NYSE: HPQ), and as Management Consultant at Fujitsu.

    He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delhi and an MBA degree from the University of Arkansas. Sunny holds three technology patents.

    He is currently on the board of directors of Ambivo, Purplista, Omniquo and the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

  • Brendan Harris

    Brendan Harris

    London

    Brendan Harris

    Brendan Harris

    London

    Advisory Director

    Brendan began his career as a consumer marketer with Unilever and has had an extensive career across Europe, the USA and Africa, primarily in the non-alcoholic beverage industry. In a ten year career with The Coca-Cola Company Brendan served in various strategic marketing roles before becoming President of the Africa Division and then subsequently President of the Italy & Alpine Division. Brendan is currently the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Froosh AB, the market leader in the fast-growing Scandinavian market for fruit smoothies.

    Brendan has a degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD. He speaks fluent French and Italian and currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Dick Jalkut

    Dick Jalkut

    New York

    Dick Jalkut

    Dick Jalkut

    New York

    Advisory Director

    Dick Jalkut joined Investcorp as an Advisory Director to the North American corporate investment team in 2002.

    Dick is a self-made telecommunications executive with over 30 years of experience in the telecom sector with large structured situations and entrepreneurial opportunities. After completing his undergraduate degree in Economics at Boston College, he moved through a number of line and staff chairs at New England Telephone, New York Telephone and the combined Nynex complex. He advanced to become the President and Group Executive for Nynex Telecommunications, a fully-integrated $13 billion business with $30 billion in assets and 16.5 million customers.

    Dick is currently President and CEO of TelePacific, a portfolio company headquartered in Los Angeles. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the American Museum of Natural History, the New York City Partnership, IKON Office Solutions, Covad, Birch Telecom, HSBC and ECI.

  • Joan Julià

    Joan Julià

    London

    Joan Julià

    Joan Julià

    London

    Advisory Director

    Joan Julià Dinarès joined Investcorp as an Advisory Director in 2014. He has 25 years of top level executive experience in different industries with a global exposure. Joan has been a Managing Partner at S&E Partners since 2006 and is a Board Member for several companies as well as CEO for Parkare.

    Joan holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from ESADE, Barcelona. He also attended the Accelerated Development Program at the London Business School.

  • Steven Justman

    Steven Justman

    Advisory Director, New York

    Steven Justman

    Steven Justman

    Advisory Director, New York

    Advisory Director

    Steven Justman became an Advisory Director to Investcorp’s corporate investment team in 2017.

    Mr. Justman is a senior executive with a proven track record of growing businesses and building unforeseen value– whether they are industry giants in the Fortune 50 or VC-backed start-ups -- across the Sports, Entertainment and Media industries.

    Currently, he serves as an Executive-in-Residence with Investcorp, where he works with the Corporate Investment Group to originate, source and execute investments in the Sports, Media and Active Lifestyle sectors.  In addition to his role with Investcorp, Mr. Justman also works with the boards and management teams of numerous growth stage companies on critical business imperatives and go-to-market strategies. During his career, he has also held senior operating roles at NBC Sports, The NBA, IMG, and Time Warner.

    Mr. Justman received his MBA with a concentration in communications and media management from Fordham University. In addition, he earned a master’s of sports management from the University of Richmond and a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Syracuse University.

  • Miguel Kohlmann

    Miguel Kohlmann

    London

    Miguel Kohlmann

    Miguel Kohlmann

    London

    Miguel Kohlmann has been Advisory Director since 2016. He has more than 30 years of experience in Industrial Companies with focus on Automotive, Mechanical Engineering, Aluminium and Building Materials. Between 2008 and 2016 he was the CEO of Icopal, a world leader in waterproofing products. Before that he was the CEO of Pipelife, a plastic pipes and fittings group, for nearly 10 years.

    Miguel sits in the board of different companies among others Esmalglass which is an Investcorp portfolio company.

    Miguel is has studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. He holds the German and Brazilian nationalities and speaks 6 languages.

  • Bill Krouch

    Bill Krouch

    Advisory Director, New York

    Bill Krouch

    Bill Krouch

    Advisory Director, New York

    Bill Krouch became an Advisory Director to Investcorp’s corporate investment team in 2018.

    Bill retired in 2014 as President of JLL Americas.  Mr. Krouch has a 25-year track record of building profitable national and global real estate services businesses for Jones Lange LaSalle.  His prior roles at JLL Americas included CEO of Markets and CEO of Investor Services. 

    Bill is currently advising Investcorp on private equity investments within the real estate services sector with an emphasis on property management and leasing.  Prior to working with Investcorp, Mr. Krouch advised private equity firms in the development of growth-oriented strategies to capitalize on emerging market trends.  Bill also provided industry expertise on target acquisitions, strategy, and the competitive landscape within the real estate services sector for hedge funds, institutional investors and other industry players.

    Mr. Krouch is currently a member of the Supervisory Board for the Nemetschek Group.  The Nemetschek Group is a global, publicly traded holding company (based on Munich) that provides software to the architectural, engineering and construction (“AEC”) market segment through 15 separate product brands.

    Mr. Krouch Holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard University

  • Martin Maleska

    Martin Maleska

    New York

    Martin Maleska

    Martin Maleska

    New York

    Advisory Director

    Martin Maleska joined Investcorp as an Advisory Director to the North American corporate investment team in 2006 after having been affiliated with the group since 2004. Martin has 30 years of publishing and media experience. He has been Senior Vice president, Group Executive in charge of Professional Publishing at Macmillan Inc., President of International and Professional Publishing at Simon & Schuster, and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Information Group at Primedia Inc.

    Martin holds an MBA in Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business and a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Fordham University. He is a former Adjunct Instructor at the New York University School of Professional and Continuing Education as well as previously served on the board of Berlitz International and the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial Schools as well as Key Educational Publishers.

    Martin has extensive board experience for both public and private companies. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Randall-Reilly Publishing Company and Veritext. Outside of Investcorp's portfolio companies, he is on the Board of Directors of Executive Networks, BizBash Inc. and CristoRey High School. Martin is also on ProPublica's Business Advisory Council.

  • Woody McGee

    Woody McGee

    New York

    Woody McGee

    Woody McGee

    New York

    Advisory Director

    Woody McGee became an Advisory Director to our corporate investment team in 2014.

    Mr. McGee served as the President and CEO of FleetPride, the largest independent distributor of heavy-duty parts in the US prior to its sale to TPG in December 2012. Prior to joining FleetPride, Mr. McGee was President and CEO of Propex Inc.

    His background includes senior management positions at Litton Industries, Western Atlas Inc., H K Systems, Telxon Corporation and several private equity-backed businesses as well as Chief Restucturing Officer for a number of turnaround engagements. Mr. McGee has served on both private and public boards of directors as a member of the Audit Committee, Chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the Compensation Committee and Chairman of the Board. Mr. McGee has a 45-year track record of success in industries such as heavy manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, industrial automation, light manufacturing, security, wireless mobile computing/software, textile/geo-synthetic fibers and retail consumer products.

  • Federico Minoli

    Federico Minoli

    London

    Federico Minoli

    Federico Minoli

    London

    Advisory Director

    Federico Minoli has more than 30 years’ experience in leading businesses for global private equity funds. Between 1996 and 2007 he was CEO & Chairman of Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., a leading manufacturer of high performance sports motorcycles. In his career he has covered the position of Chairman for a number of companies across various industries as well as CEO of Bally International AG, World Wide VP Marketing of Playtex International, General Manager of Benetton USA, consultant for McKinsey and partner of Bain & Co.

    Federico is currently Chairman of Dainese SpA and POC Sweden AB, on the Advisory Board of 9Ren and Ca’ Foscari Business School, Venice and co-owner of Deus Ex-Machina in Italy.

    He also is an occasional lecturer at Harvard Business School and Tuck School of Business.

  • Mohamed Sammakia

    Mohamed Sammakia

    Mohamed Sammakia

    Mohamed Sammakia

    Advisor

    Mohamed Sammakia has recently retired as Managing Director within the Placement & Relationship Management team and currently serves as an Advisor to Investcorp.  Mohamed joined Investcorp in 2012 from UBS where he spent 21 years in a variety of positions, most recently as CEO for Saudi Arabia.  Prior to that, Mohamed was a Managing Director and President, Middle East Region for UBS in London.

    Mohamed has more than 30 years' experience in the Middle East and North Africa including time with SBC Warburg, Greenwich Capital, Swiss Bank Corporation and Citibank.

    Mohamed holds a BA in Accountancy from the University of Alexandria, Faculty of Commerce.

  • Savio Tung

    Savio Tung

    New York

    Savio Tung

    Savio Tung

    New York

    Senior Adviser

    Savio Tung has recently retired as the Chief Investment Officer of Investcorp and currently serves as the Senior Advisor to the Executive Chairman. Before joining Investcorp in 1984, Savio Tung was a senior banker at Chase Manhattan Bank and worked in its offices in New York, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and London. He was also a key executive in establishing Chase's Bahrain office and marketing presence in the Gulf.

    Savio holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. He is a trustee emeritus of Columbia University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Savio is also an independent non-executive director of Bank of China, Hong Kong Limited and a board member of Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD).

  • Philip Walters - MBE

    Philip Walters

    London

    Philip Walters - MBE

    Philip Walters

    London

    Advisory Director

    Philip Walters joined Investcorp as an Advisory Director in 2014. He has over forty years’ experience of the global educational market place.

    Philip is currently on the board of Impero Software, part of the Investcorp Technology Fund’s portfolio, and Chair of EdComs, the UK’s leading agency business in the educational sector.  He was the Chairman the GL Education Group and Chair of the independent educational publisher, Rising Stars, and of CABI, a not-for-profit international organization that improves lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment.. He was also a non-executive Director of Encyclopaedia Britannica (London), of Nelson Croom, the leading supplier of online training and assessment for UK professional bodies, and Scottish Book Source, the leading book distributor for Scottish publishers,

    Philip was formerly Chief Executive of Hodder Education, the second largest secondary school publisher in the UK. He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to educational publishing.

  • Linda Zecher

    Linda Zecher

    New York

    Linda Zecher

    Linda Zecher

    New York

    Linda Zecher became an Advisory Director to Investcorp’s corporate investment team in 2017.

    Linda Zecher is currently the Managing Director of the Barkley Group, a Boutique Consulting firm focused on Digital Transformation of enterprise organizations.  Prior to founding the Barkley Group, Ms. Zecher retired as President, CEO and Director of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), a global education and learning company. With origins dating back to 1832, the company is among the world’s largest providers of Pre-K – 12 education solutions and one of the longest-established publishing houses.

    Ms. Zecher currently is a member of the Hasbro Corporation Board where she serves on the Audit and Compensation committees, the John F. Kennedy Foundation Board where she serves on the Finance and Technology committees, and the Advisory Board for the Focused Ultrasound Foundation.

    Ms. Zecher holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University and an Honorary Doctorate from Bentley University.