Joanna Chang is a partner at Renovata & Company. She advises clients on CEO and board succession planning, and leads engagements for boards and CEO’s of public and private-equity backed portfolio companies.
- Experienced in serving both private equity sponsors and public corporations.
- Joanna’s operating career includes executive roles across marketing, strategic alliances and business development for MGM Grand Paradise, Augmentum, Mercury Interactive, Adobe Systems and Siebel Systems.
- Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and formerly resided in Shanghai and Macau, China.
- M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
- B.A. in psychology from New York University
Simon Francis is a partner and co-founder at Renovata & Company. Simon’s practice is focused on serving the founders and managing partners of private equity sponsors. With 24 years’ experience, Simon has led and completed hundreds of retained search engagements. Today, his assignments are primarily CEO searches for PE-backed portfolio companies; plus adding C-suite executives and board directors supporting “portco” CEOs. Simon is also one of the firm’s specialists in GP-level portfolio operations and “operating partner” searches.
- Simon is the co-founder of L Capital Advisors.
- He is the co-founder of L Capital, the firm’s private equity investing arm.
- He was a partner for nine years with CTPartners (formerly Christian & Timbers), where he was the global practice leader for private equity.
- Early career with Heidrick & Struggles, based in London initially and then Menlo Park, California.
- Law degree with a social anthropology minor from The London School of Economics
- Graduated from the Inns of Court School of Law (Bar School, Gray’s Inn)
Mannie Gill is a co-founder of Renovata & Company. Mannie’s practice is focused on conducting board and C-level searches for private equity portfolio companies across Internet, eCommerce, SaaS, and Ad/Mar-tech. In addition, he works with public companies on their Digital Transformation projects.
- Mannie has over 20 years’ experience conducting board and C-level searches across the United States and Europe.
- Deep expertise in Consumer Internet, SaaS and Ad/Mar-tech.
- He started his executive search career with Renoir Partners, a TMT focused search firm in Europe, and later was a core member of the TMT Practice at CT Partners.
- Mannie spent his early career in management consulting, advising telecommunications and technology clients.
Thomas Jepsen is a co-founder and partner at Renovata & Company. Thomas has over 20 years’ experience in executive search across the SaaS, marketplace and B2C online spectrum. His focus is on working with the boards (founders and investors) of high growth businesses to attract the leadership talent that enable their companies to scale.
- In over a decade leading Renovata, Thomas has worked with many of the leading B2B and B2C businesses across Europe helping them to attract the game changing talent that have become the leadership building blocks in their success.
- During his early career, Thomas worked for a boutique TMT search firm that IPO’d and merged with Datacash, an Internet payments company, and Renoir Partners, which was also acquired, by a global search firm.
- BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics
Jeff Yolen is a partner at Renovata & Company. Jeff’s practice is focused on private and growth equity-backed software and Internet companies where he places CEOs, direct reports to the CEO, and board directors. He is also a leader in the firm’s pre-deal advisory projects.
- Prior to Renovata & Company, Jeff held roles at Russell Reynolds, JM Search and Renovata Partners.
- Jeff has over 15 years of experience as a software and Internet executive and investor.
- Former chief revenue officer of digital media start up Sphere, which was acquired by AOL (and subsequently merged with Outbrain).
- Former venture partner at New Atlantic Ventures, and executive roles at Virgin Management, Real Networks and Kozmo.com.
- M.B.A. from Harvard Business School
- M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School
- A.B. cum laude in urban studies from Harvard College
Partner, L Capital
Bart is the co-founder and managing partner of L Capital, the private equity investment affiliate of Renovata & Company. An experienced private equity investor and operating partner, he has led or co-led more than 35 private equity transactions and business transformations. In aggregate, he has invested more than $375 million in equity capital in the technology industry.
- Prior to L Capital, Bart was the operating partner responsible for software investments at Marlin Equity Partners.
- Previously led successful investments and business transformations in partnership with Francisco Partners, Battery Ventures, Golden Gate Capital, Warburg Pincus, and TCV.
- Bart has served as chairman of six companies with annual revenue ranging from $20 million to $650 million.
- Former executive with Oracle and Informatica, and an early career as a strategy consultant for Booz, Allen & Hamilton.
- Bart currently serves on the Board of xMatters, Inc. and as the executive chairman of Switchfly LLC.
- M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (with distinction)
- Bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University in economics and political science
Anthony J. Vardy
Tony Vardy is a senior advisor at Renovata & Company. Tony advises the firm’s partners on strategic planning, business management, good governance and executive search best practices.
- Tony spent the first half of his career in the technology, telecom and cable TV industries in general management, having come up through corporate finance and strategy.
- After a spell in strategy consulting, he moved into executive search, including leadership roles in two of the most successful global firms.
- Tony’s projects have stretched from North America to South Africa, South-East Asia, and from many corners of Europe to Australia and New Zealand.
Education and Professional Qualifications
- Psychology degree from the University of Sussex
- MBA from the London Business School
- Member of the British Psychological Society
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Lisa Morgan is a principal at Renovata & Company. She is responsible for building world-class management teams for venture, growth and private equity-backed digital and technology businesses. Lisa also serves as the head of delivery for Renovata & Company.
- Prior to Renovata & Company, Lisa spent three years as the director of executive search at Marble Hill Partners, specializing in building talented executive teams for private equity backed businesses.
- Lisa also previously worked for the Miles Partnership as a research partner in technology and retail.
- She spent her early career at Korn Ferry International as a senior associate within its technology practice.
Education and Awards
- Law diploma from Oxford University
- BA Hons Law and French degree from Oxford Brookes University
Eric Nguyen is an engagement manager with Renovata & Company and is responsible for placing C-level executives into leadership roles for the firm’s public and private equity clients. Eric has been critical in the successful launch and execution of L Capital Advisors, the firm’s pre-deal advisory business, and also works closely with the firm’s partners on business development initiatives.
- Prior to Renovata & Company, Eric was director of research and an engagement manager at a boutique focused in private equity, where he established the firm’s industry-leading research team.
- Eric has worked on over 500 projects in various industries, including business services, digital media, healthcare, software, and technology during his executive search career.
- Deep expertise in the following industries: technology, consumer and healthcare services.
- Bachelor’s degree in management science with an emphasis in applied economics and operations research from the University of California, San Diego
Lucy Brealy is a consultant at Renovata & Company. She is responsible for building world-class management teams for digital and technology businesses.
- Prior, Lucy spent four years as a partner at Vardis, specializing in CEO, chairman, non-executive director, and main board appointments across a range of industries, including industrial, consumer, technology and tech-enabled services, business services, financial services, and healthcare.
- Lucy began her career in investment banking, spending nine years with Cazenove in corporate finance, where she advised boards and senior management and worked on a wide range of M&A and capital markets transactions and fund raisings.
- Master’s degree in modern history from Oxford University
Anne Lucas is a consultant at Renovata & Company. She is responsible for performing executive searches for numerous clients around the world.
- Prior to Renovata & Company, Anne worked for PepsiCo as an executive search lead where she was responsible for hiring at senior director and vice president levels across Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Anne previously served as an independent search consultant for JCA Group in London, and as a research partner at the Fallon Partnership, a UK based HR specialist search firm.
- Baccalaureate degree from Lycee Faidherbe in Lille, France
- IUT (University Institute of Technology) de Roubaix from Etudes Commerciales, in commerce, marketing, economics, and finance
Lois Padilla is a consultant at Renovata & Company. She manages and executes a range of C-suite searches for private equity-backed portfolio businesses and corporate clients across a variety of industries.
- Lois was formerly a director with Jameson & Jackson Search Partners where she led senior-level searches across sales, operations, services, and corporate development functions for the telecommunications, technology, media, healthcare technology, transportation and distribution verticals.
- Previously, she held operations management and consulting positions in the financial, healthcare, and human capital sectors in the United States and Canada.
- Bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from Centennial College
- Honours diploma in accounting and finance from the Toronto School of Business
Alia Rehman is consultant at Renovata & Company. Having grown up in search, she focuses on building executive teams for emerging growth companies in consumer, AdTech and enterprise software across both the United States and Europe.
- Previously, Alia was a Senior Associate at Daversa Partners in New York. She worked with Accel, Benchmark and Greycroft, and her focus was on recruiting Vice President/C-Suite executives across technology/engineering, product, marketing, sales, operations, finance and human resources.
- Prior roles include working as an admission counselor for YFT Admissions Consulting.
- Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Hamilton College
Tilanie Salvador is a consultant at Renovata & Company, and her focus is on senior executives in the areas of digital business, technology, and consumer goods.
- Previously, Tilanie performed executive searches for Cribb in Hamburg, Germany.
- She has also worked with Heidrick & Struggles and Russell Reynolds in Europe.
- University of Hamburg
- Manchester Metropolitan University
Rosti Babjak is a senior associate at Renovata & Company, responsible for executing global leadership searches at the vice president, board, and C-level for private equity and venture capital-backed technology businesses.
- Prior to Renovata & Company, Rosti was a senior associate at Wilton and Bain.
- He also served as an associate at TritonExec.
- Master of arts degree in politics and international relations from the University of Aberdeen
Yuting Goh is a senior associate at Renovata & Company. She works with professional services firms, as well as investors and investor-backed digital tech businesses, across Europe and United States, on board directors and C-level executive searches.
- Yuting worked for Heads! International and focused on recruiting Board and senior-level executives in the consumer/ retail, digital & technology, professional services and manufacturing sectors.
- Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, she has lived and worked in Singapore, New York City, and San Francisco.
- M.Ed. from Columbia University in the City of New York
- B.A. in Psychology from the National University of Singapore
Alex Zaharia is a senior associate at Renovata & Company, focusing on the intersection of human capital, business strategy and technology; catering to the needs of venture and private equity-backed companies.
- Previously, Alex was an associate at Sailing Stone, an executive search and market intelligence firm in London, where he worked on mandates across venture capital, fintech & B2C start-ups, private equity, impact investing, and corporate development.
- Originally from Romania, Alex started his career in law, working as a human rights lawyer for Lawyers without Borders.
- Bachelor’s of law (LLB) degree from the University of Manchester
Lindsay King is a research associate at Renovata & Company, where she provides support to the firm’s partners and consultants.
- Prior to Renovata & Company, Lindsay was an administrative assistant and program coordinator at the New York Historical Society.
- Bachelor’s degree in history and art history from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick
Sian Powell is a research associate at Renovata & Company. Her focus is on developing a deep understanding of the global technology landscape, the ecosystem of companies and its executives in order to support efficient and rigorous search processes.
- Previously, Sian was a head coordinator at Fraser & Co, an award-winning independent estate agency with a strong local presence and a global reputation.
- Fluent in French.
- Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and French with honors from Royal Holloway University of London
Project Coordinator / Executive Assistant to Thomas Jepsen
Emma Ridges is a project coordinator and executive assistant to Thomas Jepsen, one of the company's founding partners.
- Prior to Renovata & Company, Emma was an event administrator and event coordinator for the special events division of Compass Group UK&I.
- Bachelor of laws degree in Law and German from Cardiff University
Project Coordinator / Executive Assistant to Mannie Gill
Emily LaMantia is a project coordinator at Renovata & Company.
- Previously, she worked as a licensed real estate agent at Botensten Properties International in New York.
- She was with Aberdeen Asset Management as a business analyst.
- Bachelor of arts degree in economics from Trinity College-Hartford
Rachel Hagan is a project coordinator at Renovata & Company and is responsible for managing multiple client projects from conception to completion.
- Prior to Renovata & Company, Rachel spent a year at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, creating and delivering communication and engagement strategies across many different platforms.
- She also served as Peer Assisted Learning Leader at Bournemouth University.
- Bachelor of Arts degree in business and management from Bournemouth University
Acrelda Farrell is the Finance Manager at Renovata & Company and is responsible for managing the day to day finance function for the global offices.
- Acrelda has worked at Renovata for nearly 10 years
- Prior to working in search, Acrelda worked in various industries from accountancy, creative, leisure and music responsible for Finance and HR
- AAT Qualified (MAAT)