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Beringea expands team with new CIO, three new hires

January 21st 2016

Beringea, the international growth capital investor which manages the ProVen VCTs, is continuing its fast growth strategy by expanding the team at all levels

(London, UK) Karen McCormick has been appointed Chief Investment Officer. Karen – who has been with Beringea for eight years – has been responsible for several of Beringea’s leading investments, including Monica Vinader, Watchfinder and BlisMedia. Prior to joining Beringea, Karen was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, and previously served as Director of the watch division at Swiss Army/Wenger. Karen takes over from Trevor Hope, who is leaving Beringea after 12 years.

Beringea has also made three additional new appointments. Chris Bone is joining Beringea Growth Finance, which provides debt-based finance to SMEs, as Investment Director, having recently been with Clydesdale’s growth finance arm. Anne O’Loughlin is bolstering Beringea’s presence in the North as Sales Manager – and Oliver Ashton also joins the sales team, as Business Development Executive.

These new appointments follow a number of other new appointments in 2015, including the significant expansion of the firm’s investment team that saw Beringea welcome Maria Wagner as Investment Director – and Lillian Li and Rob Dagger as Investment Analysts.

Stuart Veale, Beringea’s Managing Partner, said, “These appointments mark a further significant development in the growth of Beringea. We are delighted to have brought Chris, Anne and Oliver on board and we are delighted to be promoting Karen.

“Karen has led many of Beringea’s investments over the past 8 years, including some of our star portfolio companies, and she has a great reputation with entrepreneurs. We are pleased to have Karen joining the ranks of too few female senior partners in the private equity industry.”

Karen McCormick said, “It’s an amazing time to be at Beringea. We have had several strong fundraising years stemming from attractive investor returns, and we are off to a great start on our current fundraising. The portfolio is very strong thanks to our outstanding entrepreneurs, and the rapidly expanding team brings fresh ideas and energy, complementing our long-standing senior team.”

Notes to Editors:
Karen McCormick – Chief Investment Officer
Karen is a Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Beringea responsible for making new investments and working with portfolio companies through to exit. Her investments include BlisMedia, Monica Vinader, Watchfinder, InContext Solutions, Utility Exchange Online, Tossed, and Sealskinz.

Karen was previously with the Boston Consulting Group and ran the Watches division of Swiss Army/Wenger. She also has experience with start-ups as both a founder and advisor. Karen has lived and worked in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has an MBA from INSEAD and a BSBA from Boston University.

Chris Bone – Investment Director
Chris is an Investment Director in Beringea’s Growth Finance team. Chris has been helping to fund businesses for over ten years, the majority of which has been for high growth technology businesses. Chris started his career at Bank of Scotland Corporate in various debt and equity roles including Oil & Gas Finance, Acquisition Finance and Integrated Finance. He then went on to co-found Clydesdale Growth Finance, helping to build a team and to provide innovative funding to businesses across the UK. Chris is a Qualified Chartered Banker and has a Business Finance degree from the University of Durham.

Anne O’Loughlin – Sales Manager
Anne joined Beringea in January 2016 and is responsible for fundraising in the North of England. Anne has over 25 years’ experience in financial services encompassing tax planning, asset management and pensions. Prior to joining Beringea Anne worked for another fund manager raising equity for tax efficient investments. She has also held positions at Brooks Macdonald, AIG, Alliance Trust and Royal Sun Alliance. Anne holds the IMC, AFPC and has a degree in Maths and Statistics from the University of Manchester.

Oliver Ashton – Business Development Executive
Oliver joined Beringea in January 2016. He is responsible for managing Beringea’s IFA databases and supporting the sales team. He recently graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in International Business with Spanish.