Just as European private equity had a strong appetite for deals in 2022, industry dealmakers also demonstrated an appetite for new career opportunities—even amid uncertain times.

The PitchBook Platform recorded around 140 senior departures from PE firms in the region in 2022 as many executives either sought out opportunities with a new firm or, in some cases, launched their own. We've gathered some of the highlights.

Christina Drews


Drews joined Swedish PE giant EQT as COO in March. There she will oversee EQT's operating platform. Drews had the same title at Helios Investment Partners, where she led strategy development and implementation.

During her tenure, Helios became the first emerging markets investor to obtain B Corp sustainability certification, which recognizes a firm's high ESG standards. Previously, she spent 25 years with Goldman Sachs.

Davide Bertone  

CEO at Fondo Italiano d'Investimento SGR

Bertone was chosen for the top job at Fondo Italiano d'Investimento SGR, a Milan-based fund manager targeting smaller businesses. Bertone joined after 20 years at investment bank Mediobanca—most recently as a managing director.

He had also been the CFO of Fiat Auto Argentina. In October, the firm revealed plans to increase its AUM to €4 billion by 2025 with the launch of seven new funds, including both direct-investment funds and funds-of-funds.

Renaud Tourmente

Co-founder, deputy CEO and COO at Armen

In July, Renaud Tourmente left his role as COO at middle-market firm Capza to form Paris-based Armen—which focuses on GP stakes—with former Capza colleagues Dominique Gaillard and Laurent Bénard. As COO and head of development at Capza, Tourmente helped the business grow from €2.4 billion AUM to €7 billion in three years.

Renaud started his career at BNP Paribas in 1999. He joined West LB in 2005, where he later led the acquisition finance team for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He joined AXA IM in 2012 as head of corporate credit and later co-head of loans and private debt.

William Kadouch-Chassaing

General manager at Eurazeo

In March, Kadouch-Chassaing took up a new post with Eurazeo as general manager for finance and strategy. He arrives as the firm's former CFO and head of strategy Philippe Audouin leaves to work full time at economic think tank Messina Institute.

His previous roles include four years on the board of French asset manager Amundi and 14 years as group CFO at Societe Generale. Kadouch-Chassaing will assist in Eurazeo's international expansion.

Henrik Gustafsson

Managing director and head of Nordics at Aurelius

Gustafsson joined German PE firm Aurelius in July to aid its expansion into the Nordic market. Gustafsson has more than a decade of experience in M&A advisory with various investment banks in London and has also worked in corporate development for multinational corporations.

He came to Aurelius from IP Only, a Swedish internet and telecom specialist.

Sola Carrena

Managing director at Helios Investment Partners

Carrena joined London-based Helios in September as its managing director for Nigeria.

Carrena previously spent 10 years with Africa-focused investment banking specialist Stanbic IBTC Capital, where she was an executive director and head of corporate finance. Prior to that, she was vice president at Travant Capital Partners, a private equity and advisory firm in Nigeria.

Leonardo Scanavino

Director at British International Investment

Scanavino joined British International Investment in April from UK middle-market firm RJD Partners, where was the finance director, and the board of Africa Platform Capital. Prior to RJD, he served as a director at Actis.

At BII he can continue to focus on Africa as the firm continues to invest in companies such as MedAccess, which is developing malaria vaccines.

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