The VIA equity team combines many years of private equity experience with strong operational know-how from different industries such as IT, telecommunication and consulting. This ensures a solid understanding of the technological issues and challenges as well as hands-on operational management experience.
John has more than 25 years of senior management experience serving as a top executive in global IT enterprises, management consulting and private equity. In addition John has held independent non-executive board of director positions in the communications and IT sectors.
Prior to founding VIA equity John managed his own company, Co-Management International (cooperating with a number of international private equity funds) and was a co-founder of Danske Venture Partners. John has a wealth of experience, holding positions such as MD of Fujitsu/ICL and before that as VP and Managing Director of A.T. Kearney Copenhagen, Executive Vice President of the global Commodore Group, Managing Director of Commodore Computers, and OEM Manager of Hewlett-Packard.
In addition John has held independent directorships in Cybercity (Chairman), TC Group A/S (Chairman), Bergsøe4 (Chairman/director), Jamo, and several others.
John holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School.
Jakob has over 20 years of experience from private equity, venture capital, telecommunication and consulting. Before joining VIA equity in 2006, he did acquisitions and business development in Danisco (now DuPont) and prior to this he developed the corporate venture arm of Danisco Venture. Before this, he worked in the mobile telecommunication industry in Norway and Denmark. Jakob started his career with McKinsey & company.
In VIA Jakob has been responsible for, and successfully sold, Daldata and Dolphin Software in Norway and Conscia, Procom, and Radiocomp in Denmark. While with Danisco, Jakob held directorships in technology companies in Holland, France, US and Denmark.
Jakob holds a M.Sc. Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and a Major in Finance from HEC in Paris.
Peter has a successful track record of building and exiting companies. He has been involved in numerous investments, focusing on operational development, international expansion and exits.
He has more than 10 years of experience from consultancy, investment banking, venture capital and private equity. Prior to joining VIA equity, Peter was with Seed Capital Denmark where he was in charge of a number of noteworthy investments. In addition Peter has held non-executive board of director positions in more than a handful of companies.
Peter has furthermore worked for Nordea Markets, the Danish Ministry of Finance, and PLS Consult (now Rambøl Management).
He holds a M.Sc. in Economics from University of Aarhus and a M.Sc. in Finance from Warwick Business School (UK).
Benjamin has half a decade of experience in investing in and building businesses. He has worked in London and New York both on the advisory side and on the investing side, and has participated in numerous investments across the Nordic region.
Prior to joining VIA equity Benjamin held positions with Goldman Sachs Investment Banking in London and JP Morgan Asset Management in New York.
Benjamin holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a MPA from Harvard School of Government. In addition Benjamin has earned a B. Sc. in Economics and a M. Sc. in Economics from the University of Copenhagen where he was awarded with the Crown Prince Frederik Fellowship.
Daniel has 9 years of experience from private equity, expansion capital and strategy consulting. He has served on numerous boards in the Nordic region and developed companies in various industries like IT, software, consumer products and services as well as construction. Before joining VIA equity in 2014, Daniel spent 7 years with private equity fund Scope Capital based in Stockholm developing Nordic based companies. Prior to that he worked for Booz & Co in Stockholm as a strategy consultant within due diligence, operational improvements and strategy.
Daniel holds an M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Lund Institute of Technology as well as an M.Sc. in Economics from Lund School of Economics. In addition Daniel has attended the Swedish Defense Language Institute in Uppsala, specializing in the Russian language.
Sebastian has 7 years of experience from private equity, management consulting and business development.
Prior to joining VIA equity he worked at Paragon Partners, a Munich-based private equity firm with emphasis on leveraged buyouts with operational value creation potential and at PINOVA Capital, a private equity firm focused on high-growth, innovative SMEs. As a management consultant at Droege & Comp. he previously gained experience in the context of value enhancement programs, in particular with medium-sized companies.
Sebastian holds a Dipl.-Ing. in Computer and Communications Systems Engineering from Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig as well as an MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris/Turin/Munich.
Gustav has prior experience from corporate finance activities through positions held with Lazard in Stockholm and Nomura in London.
Before joining VIA equity in 2014, Gustav also worked for Ericsson, Anicura, SEB and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Russia.
Gustav holds an M.Sc. in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Jesper joined VIA equity in 2005. Prior hereto Jesper held various CFO and senior financial manager positions in Tocano A/S, FLSmidth and other international companies. The positions held included more than 9 years of senior assignments to countries like India, Italy and the Netherlands. In addition Jesper has held various corporate controller positions and started as an auditor with Deloitte, Copenhagen back in the late 1980’s.
Jesper’s CFO and manager positions also included holding a number of directorship positions with subsidiaries as well as associated companies.
Jesper holds a B.Comm. degree in Business Accounting and Administration from Copenhagen Business School