NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- General Atlantic LLC (GA), a leading global growth equity firm, today announced that Jan-Michiel Hessels, former Chairman of NYSE Euronext, has joined the firm as a Special Advisor in Europe based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Mr. Hessels brings over 30 years of experience across many industries to the role, and will work closely with GA's global investment team to identify new investment opportunities as well as provide strategic support for the firm's portfolio companies.
Mr. Hessels currently serves on the board of directors at IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. and on the supervisory board at Royal Boskalis Westminster. From 2000 to 2013, he served as Chairman of the Board of NYSE Euronext (formerly Euronext), where he helped lead the company's merger with NYSE Group. He also has served as a director of several prominent firms including Heineken, Royal Philips Electronics, SC Johnson Europlant, Fortis and the Amsterdam Exchange.
Bill Ford, CEO of General Atlantic, said, "We have known Jan-Michiel for several years and are excited to welcome him to the GA team as a Special Advisor. Jan-Michiel brings a breadth of expertise across a broad set of industries and has distinguished himself as a strategic advisor and board director to many important global businesses over his highly successful career. He will play a valuable role advising our European investment team and our portfolio companies globally."
Mr. Hessels added, "General Atlantic has built a superb reputation around the world as an investor whose strategic expertise has helped hundreds of companies navigate various stages of growth. I look forward to working with GA's team as they identify new investment prospects and help current portfolio companies capitalize on their growth opportunities."
Founded in 1980, GA manages $20 billion in capital and invests between $1 billion and $2 billion per year in growth companies. Recent investments in the financial services sector include Santander Asset Management, Hyperion Insurance Group, XP Investimentos and FNZ.
General Atlantic's global team is dedicated to identifying attractive high growth companies and providing capital and strategic support to build market leaders. Mr. Hessels joins GA's growing team of Special Advisors, which is comprised of senior executives with industry and operational expertise in key focus areas for GA and its portfolio companies.
About General Atlantic
General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. GA combines a collaborative global approach, sector specific expertise, long-term investment horizon and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great management and build exceptional businesses worldwide. Established in 1980, GA manages $20 billion in capital under management (comprised of total committed capital and portfolio investments) and has more than 80 investment professionals based in Greenwich, New York, Palo Alto, London, Amsterdam, Munich, Hong Kong, Beijing, Mumbai, Sao Paulo and Singapore. For further information and a listing of GA's public and private portfolio companies see www.generalatlantic.com.
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