Per Langholz is a lighting industry veteran who has held a number of management positions globally, most recently that of Sylvania Lighting International where he led the company to turnover in excess of €400m and a successful exit to Havells India in 2007. Mr. Langholz left Havells Sylvania in August 2008 to pursue other interests in the lighting industry including various strategic advisory and Board positions. Prior to this role he was Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing from 1998 and Managing Director of the Central European Operations from 1997. Previously Mr. Langholz was Managing Director of GE Power Controls Germany and held various positions at AEG in Denmark, Germany and USA. Mr. Langholz will support the management team at Nualight with strategic planning as the company scales and expands its reach into new markets.
Eamonn Quinn, whose career began in investment banking, held a series of senior executive management roles in Superquinn, the Irish supermarket chain founded by his father, Senator Feargal Quinn. During this time he was instrumental in managing the growth of this fast-moving consumer business in a highly competitive market. Eamonn has held leading representative positions on many international food retail industry bodies including the Paris-based supermarket organisation C.I.E.S., where he chaired the marketing committee and the management development programme, and the USA based Operating Executives Council of the Food Marketing Institute. Since the sale of Superquinn Eamonn manages the Quinn Family investment portfolio, a number of private investments including ventures related to the global food retail sector.
Bertrand Gautier is a London based Partner of Greencoat Capital. He sits on the board of three of ESB NM LP’s investments: Geothermal International, Nualight and Heliex Power. He joined from Terra Firma Capital Partners where he led a wide variety of LBO and re-financing transactions as well as being involved in portfolio business management.Before joining Terra Firma in 2007, Bertrand spent five years at Merrill Lynch M&A advisory group as part of the Industrials and Infrastructure teams. Prior to that, Bertrand developed extensive operational experience at Procter & Gamble in supply chain and purchasing management as well as in French engineering SMEs. Bertrand holds an MSc in General Engineering from ICAM (France) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (USA).
Simon Drury is a Partner in Adaxia Capital Partners. Prior to this, Simon was a Director and then Founding Partner of Charterhouse Capital Partners a highly successful European private equity firm. During his sixteen years at Charterhouse Simon was involved in all forms of investment from venture to expansion capital and from small MBOs to large LBOs. Prior to that Simon worked as a Senior Engineer with Air Products Inc the US gases group. Simon has a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from Cranfield.
Dr. Liam Kelly founded Nualight in 2004. His previous commercial LED activities include the establishment of CorkOpt Ltd. in 1994, to develop and manufacture LED-based luminaires for the machine vision industry. CorkOpt was acquired by USA-based StockerYale Inc. in 2000 and Liam continued as Managing Director until 2003. He was also a founder-director of Millimetre Wave Technology Ltd., and of Farran Technology Ltd, an imaging and communications systems manufacturer, until its acquisition by the Smiths Group plc in 2005. Prior to his commercial interests, Liam spent twenty years in various senior roles in University College Cork including Associate Professor of Microelectronics. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, is a founding director of Optronics-Ireland, and is a founding director of the Irish National Microelectronic Research Centre.
He has considerable capital markets skills including advising in regard of a range of fundraising, mergers and acquisitions and disposal mandates for large and small companies alike. Part of this role encompassed establishing 4th Level Ventures which is a shareholder in Nualight.