GREENWICH, Conn. and PARIS, Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- L Catterton, the largest consumer-focused private equity firm in the world, today announced that Christian Mariager has joined the firm as Operating Partner effective immediately.
Since 2013, Mr. Mariager has served as the CEO of Flying Tiger, a large and successful global Danish specialty retailer and portfolio company of private equity firm EQT. Prior to that, he spent 23-years at McKinsey and Co. During this time, Mr. Mariager was based in Tokyo, Copenhagen and, from 2003-2102 in New York where he was a Senior Partner and led the firm's Global Consumer Strategy Practice. Mr. Mariager has also served as a Member of the Board of Directors for a number of companies including Matas A/S, Comitel A/S, M. Goldschmidt Holding A/S, SDS A/S, Imerco A/S, and Brunata A/S.
"Throughout his career, Christian has demonstrated strong leadership and strategic and operational expertise—both within and outside of the private equity industry," said J. Michael Chu, Global co-CEO of L Catterton. "He is an excellent addition to the L Catterton team and will bring great value to our operations in Europe and globally as we expand and grow our footprint around the world."
"We are pleased to welcome Christian to the L Catterton Europe team," said Andrea Ottaviano, Managing Partner of L Catterton Europe. "Christian's considerable global consumer and retail experience as well as his proven track record make him a tremendous asset to the firm. This appointment further strengthens our leadership team as we continue to focus on the growth and long-term success of L Catterton Europe."
"I am delighted to join the world-class team at L Catterton Europe," said Mr. Mariager. "I look forward to leveraging my consumer, operational and strategy experience to help create significant value for our partner companies and our investors for years to come."
Mr. Mariager received a BSc from Copenhagen Business School and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he sits on the Executive Advisory Board.
About L Catterton
L Catterton, formed in 2016 through the partnership of Catterton, LVMH and Groupe Arnault, is the largest consumer-focused private equity firm in the world, operating multiple funds out of seventeen offices across five continents. Since its founding in 1989, Catterton has leveraged its category insight, strategic and operating skills, and network of industry contacts to establish one of the strongest private equity investment track records in the middle market. L Catterton builds on this heritage and the strong track record of LVMH and Groupe Arnault's existing European and Asian private equity and real estate operations, conducted under the L Capital and L Real Estate franchises. L Catterton invests in all major consumer segments, including: Food and Beverage, Retail and Restaurants, Beauty and Wellness, Fashion and Accessories, Consumer Products and Services, Consumer Health, and Media and Marketing Services, as well as real estate projects anchored by luxury retail. L Catterton's investments include: Peloton, Restoration Hardware, CorePower Yoga, Sweaty Betty, Outback Steakhouse, Plum Organics, CHOPT Creative Salad Company, Mendocino Farms, Noodles & Company, PIADA, Hopdoddy, Vroom, Snap Kitchen, Frederic Fekkai, PIRCH, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Wellness pet food, Nature's Variety pet food, Kettle Foods, Odwalla, P.F. Chang's, Ba&sh, Sandro & Maje, CellularLine, Zanotti, Cigierre, Gant, Nutrition & Santé, Pepe Jeans & Hackett, 2XU, Charles & Keith, Marubi, Bateel, Sasseur, Emperor Watch and Jewelry, Miami Design District and G6 in Ginza - Tokyo, to name a few. More information about L Catterton can be found at lcatterton.com.
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