Board Members

Arié Assayag

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Arié Assayag

Arié Assayag is the Global CEO and co-CIO of Trajectoire Capital Group. Before founding the company in 2015, he was the CEO of UBP Alternative Investments based in Geneva, Switzerland (from 2012 to 2015), where he ran $10+bn of assets in funds of hedge funds and thematic funds (real estate, loans, insurance linked securities) in various formats. In 2009, he founded Nexar Capital Group (Paris/NYC) backed by the US Private Equity firm Acquiline. He grew the business to $3bn through both acquisitions (Allianz Alternative Investment & Ermitage) and organic growth before successfully selling the firm to UBP in 2012. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Assayag was CEO of the Hedge Funds Unit at Société Générale AM (Paris) where he launched and grew the business to $12.4bn assets (more than $8bn in FoHF) and was awarded “Best Alternative Institutional House” by InvestHedge in 2005. From 1994 à 1999, he was a founding partner and Head of FX Derivatives at Commerzbank Financial Products, helping the bank become one of the global FX derivatives leaders. From 1985 to 1993, Arié worked for Société Générale where he launched and successfully developed several FX derivatives businesses (Tokyo & Chicago). Arié Assayag graduated from French top engineering school Ecole Centrale de Paris (ECP).

David Norton

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David Norton

Mr. Norton was previously Company Group Chairman, Global Pharmaceuticals, for Johnson & Johnson, a role in which he led and developed the business’ strategic growth agenda, including the strategy for licensing, acquisitions and divestments, and ensuring alignment with the global strategic functions, research and development, and commercial organizations. His 32-year tenure at Johnson & Johnson spanned marketing and country management roles across Belgium, Australia and New Zealand; and serving as president of the Janssen Pharmaceutica business in the U.S., group chairman of the Pharmaceuticals Group for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and then for the U.S. and Canada business, as well as company group chairman, worldwide commercial and operations, for Johnson & Johnson’s CNS and virology business. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of VIVUS, Inc., and also serves on the board of TB Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of better, faster-acting and affordable tuberculosis drugs that are available to those who need them. He previously served as a director for INC Research Holdings Inc. and Savient Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Dr. Philippe Schaison

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Dr. Philippe Schaison

Dr. Schaison is a CEO, CCO and Global President in consumer healthcare, consumer goods & retail sectors with experience running a $2.5B+ business growing 17% a year (Allergan), acquiring/integrating a +$2B organization, and successfully leading global organizations. Hired by the Chairman & Board of Directors of Syneron-Candela NA (Irvine, CA), to take a publicly traded company (ELOS) private, Dr. Schaison sold the company to Private Equity firm Apax in July 2017 for $11 a share; a two-fold increase over past trading value (Nov 2016 – $6 a share). Earlier, as Allergan President, US Aesthetic & Dermatology, Dr. Schaison led the Facial Aesthetic, Plastic and MedDerm/Skin Medical business units. He enabled the organic growth of the $2.5B business by 17% a year and acquired Kythera for $2.1B.

Before, Dr. Schaison was President, Clarins WW Travel Retail & Regional President, LATAM and MEA, leading a $1B+ business, he generated 55% of Clarins’ total net sales & 70% of its EBIT, achieving 28% growth in a single digit market. Earlier, Dr. Schaison served as CEO for Aesthetic Factors.

As VP, Global Skin Care for Johnson & Johnson, with P&L responsibility for leading brands and a Board Member, Ortho- Neutrogena.
Dr. Schaison earned an MBA from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales, and a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University Of Paris V.

Geoff Kalish

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Geoff Kalish

Geoff joined Aquiline in 2005. He is a partner and is the chief operating officer of the firm. Prior to joining Aquiline, he was with Venturion Capital, a private equity firm he co-founded that invested in financial services companies in North America and Europe. Previously, he led the European financial services investment banking practice of Smith Barney and was a senior manager of its global financial services capital markets practice. Earlier in his career, as a venture capitalist, he founded three start-up companies and served as a proprietary trader of exchange rate and interest rate products for Drexel Burnham Lambert, Kidder Peabody and Westpac Bank.

Geoff’s current investments include FIFS and Virtus. He previously worked with BinckBank, BISAM, Fenergo, CRT, Nexar, and Structured Credit Holdings.

Geoff holds a B.A. in History, from Columbia University and a Masters of Public Policy in International Finance from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Gilles Pagniez

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Gilles Pagniez

Gilles Pagniez is the Chief Executive Officer and partner of Temaris et Associés, an investment vehicle based in Paris. He was until February 2018, Deputy CEO of Group Artémis. Gilles has been involved during 25 years in numerous merger and acquisitions operations led by Group Artémis in a broad range of industries including luxury goods, insurance, real estate, construction, consumer goods and retail.

Gilles has served as a board member of many companies held by Group Artémis : Christie’s, an auction house; Château Latour, a premium vineyard; Le Ponant, a luxury cruise line; Le Point, a French magazine, Nextstage, a French investment Fund.

Gilles Initiated and participated in the creation of Red River Holding, a $250 million fund operating in Vietnam, which is the first fund set up by Artémis. He was member of the investment committee of the fund and within Artémis, responsible for the fund’s operations. He also participated in the creation of Red River Reinsurance Debt Purchase fund I and is member of the investment committee.

Gilles is graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and holds a master in law from Paris Assas university.

Laurent Bouyoux

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Laurent Bouyoux

Laurent Bouyoux is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of BlackFin Capital Partners. His expertise in the formation of companies can be dated to 1986 when he becomes one of the founders of the Société Générale’s derivatives business, in Paris and Tokyo. 5 years later, Laurent becomes Deputy Head of Global Derivatives (then Global Fixed Income of Société Générale) until 1994. In that same year, he joins Commerzbank group in Frankfurt, and alongside Paul Mizrahi, becomes a founder and shareholder of Commerz Financial Products, a subsidiary created to develop Commerzbank’s derivatives business in Europe.

In 1999, alongside Paul Mizrahi and Eric May, Laurent founds the ProCapital group, a regulated investment firm and member of Euronext, and acts as Executive. Chairman of the Management Board. ProCapital was involved in two businesses, securities services and, through its subsidiary Fortuneo, online brokage. They grew the business to become the French leader in the sector, combining organic growth and a number of targeted acquisitions. The founders sold ProCapital (including Fortuneo) in 2006, and until 2008 Laurent Bouyoux worked for Aquiline Capital Partners in New York, a leading US private equity firm specializing in the financial services sector, as a Senior Principal.
A French national, Laurent is graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE).

Per Wold-Olsen

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Per Wold-Olsen

Per Wold-Olsen was born on 6 November 1947 and is a Norwegian national. He holds an MBA in Economics Administration as well as an MBA in Management and Marketing.
Per Wold-Olsen joined Merck & Co. (MSD) in 1974. He became Managing Director of the Norwegian subsidiary in 1976 and Regional Director and Vice President of the Scandinavian region in 1986. In 1991, Per Wold-Olsen was appointed Senior Vice President for Worldwide Human Health Marketing of Merck & Co. Inc. in the US, and in 1994, he was appointed President of Human Health Europe of Merck & Co., Inc. In 1997, his region increased to include Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as Worldwide Human Health Marketing.

In 2005, he was appointed President of the Human Health Intercontinental Region, Merck & Co. Inc. From 1994 to 2006, he was also a member of Merck’s Management Committee.
Per Wold-Olsen is Chairman of the Board of Directors of GN Store Nord A/S, Denmark and Medicines for Malaria Venture, Switzerland, and serves on the Board of Directors of Gilead Sciences Inc., United States of America. He is also a board member of Novo Holdings since 2011.