CAPZA appoints Head of Sustainability & Impact and strengthens investor relations team

SME private equity investments specialist CAPZA has appointed Aurore Gauffre as Head of Sustainability & Impact, and strengthened its investor relations team. Several promotions have also been made in the company's investment team.

A signatory of the UNPRI since 2011, CAPZA is convinced that the implementation of best-in-class ESG practices contributes to the long-term performance of the companies it supports, and has integrated, for the past five years, a rigorous ESG approach in all its private equity and private debt funds based on a proprietary methodology and relying on the platform developed by Sirsa. Recently, CAPZA has innovated on private debt operations, by integrating ESG objectives in the pricing of its instruments, as well as on equity operations, by indexing part of the management performance incentive to the achievement of CSR objectives.

Gauffre will oversee the structuring and developing of CAPZA's ESG strategy and CSR policy. Based in Paris and reporting to Laurent Bénard, CEO, she will be able to rely on her expertise in sustainable finance and her in-depth knowledge of the market issues to define and coordinate CAPZA's future ESG and CSR initiatives. She will also cover relations with institutional investors in France, her former experience at the French Insurance Federation being a key asset.

The investor relations department has also been strengthened by the arrival of Farah Fehaili, Institutional Investor Relations, and Erica Dan, Investor Relations for Japan. Fehaili will cover institutional investors in France alongside Aurore, but also in other geographical areas including the Middle East and North America. As for Dan, she will also oversee customer service for Japan.

"The arrival of a Head of Sustainability & Impact will allow CAPZA to further structure its ESG integration and to go further on impact issues, at a time when growth and value creation post Covid require rethinking traditional approaches," says Laurent Bénard, CEO of CAPZA.

"With now six strategies and a more diversified LP base, CAPZA will continue to strengthen its Investor Relations team in order to support fundraising and better serve its clients,"  adds Christophe Karvelis, Executive Chairman & Founder of CAPZA.

Along with these appointments, and to further support its development and the strong growth in assets under management (+50 mer cent since 2019), CAPZA is announcing several promotions, especially within its investment team:   

Contantin Kryvian, 35, has been appointed Director of Artemid SAS. He previously held the position of Principal. Constantin is a graduate of the University of Paris-Dauphine.

Thomas Lafougère, 27, has been appointed Principal, Flex Equity/Private Debt. Thomas was previously a Senior Associate. He is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and holds a master's degree in Finance from the London School of Economics.

Jeanne Gary, 30, has been appointed Senior Associate, Transition. Jeanne previously held the position of Associate. She is a graduate of the Magistère BFA program at Université Paris Dauphine and McGill University (Montreal, Canada).

Arnaud Carbonne, 27, is appointed Senior Associate, Flex Equity/Private Debt. He previously held the position of Associate. Arnaud is a graduate of ESSEC.

Axel Augustin, 28, is appointed Senior Associate, Flex Equity/Private Debt. Axel was previously an Associate. He is a graduate of HEI Lille and holds a master’s degree in Financial Techniques from ESSEC.

Alexis Childs, 29, is appointed Senior Associate, Growth Tech. He recently held the position of Business Manager. Alexis is a graduate of EM Lyon Business School.

Lucie Besset, 27 years old, is appointed Financial Controller. Lucie previously held the position of Marketing and Investor Relations Project Manager. She is a graduate of EDHEC Business School.