Pan-European private equity firm IK Investment Partners has appointed Johan Van de Steen as operating partner as of April 2017.
Van de Steen will head IK’s strategy, operations and business control (SOBC) team.
Van de Steen, 51, has substantial hands-on industrial experience, acquired over more than two decades in the corporate, management consulting and private equity environments. He began his career in industry, working for Siemens before joining McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant. He then became one of the founding European team members of KKR Capstone. He spent 15 years in private equity before joining IK.
In total, Van de Steen brings more than 23 years of operating experience to IK. He will work closely with IK investment professionals and management teams to support IK’s existing portfolio companies to reach their full potential.
“Johan has a unique background with an exceptional toolkit of operational skills, a vast network of industrial contacts and a firm command of several European languages. As such, he is particularly well fitted to contribute to IK’s active ownership model. We are looking forward to taking a further step in sharpening our firm’s operational skill set,” says Christopher Masek, CEO of IK Investment Partners.
“I was very much attracted to IK’s strong operational focus and hands-on approach as they partner with management teams to help businesses grow and expand. I look forward to collaborating closely with the investment teams and the companies across IK's portfolio,” says Van de Steen.