Richard is a seasoned entrepreneur and private equity professional with experience buying, growing and exiting from a wide variety of early to mid-stage growth companies. He founded Centurion Capital in London in 2003, a mid-market buyout firm targeting deals in a variety of sectors including retail, financial services, distribution and real estate. Richard was also a Managing Director of Dubai Capital Group’s private equity activities in the CIS Region where he helped to set up and run a private equity fund group affiliated with Dubai’s Sovereign Wealth Fund. Richard was also the co-founder of several successful emerging market funds including Troika Capital Partners’ $300 million (Moscow) Russia New Horizon Fund targeting private equity investments in Russia; and the €150 million European New Horizon Fund (London) targeting private equity investments in Central Europe and Russia.
Previously he was one of the founding members of Emerging Markets Partnership (EMP) in Washington DC where he helped launch the $1.1 billion AIG Asian Infrastructure Fund in 1994, the world’s largest emerging market private equity fund at the time. At EMP he also worked on the $1.8 billion AIG Asian Infrastructure Fund II and the €550 million Emerging Europe Fund. Earlier in his career Richard was an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector part of the World Bank Group; he has also Senior International Finance Director at Martin Marietta Corporation as well as a senior management consultant at Booz-Allen & Hamilton.
Richard was also an adjunct professor of International Finance at Johns Hopkins University and at the Georgetown University School of Management, both in Washington D.C. He holds a Masters degree in Applied Finance and Economics from Harvard University and a BS with honors from the University of Toronto. Richard was the Chairman of the Uplift Equity Investment Committee where he assisted Uplift in sourcing, managing, and funding socially responsible investment opportunities. He also served as a Member of the Supervisory Board at ESCADA AG and headed ESCADA’s audit committee. Richard has held operating level positions at a variety of large and small cap companies including positions as finance director (Martin Marietta) and CEO (YTR Group, a financial services company).
Since moving to Colorado in 2010, Richard has focused on investing his own portfolio in a variety of privately held companies. He acquired a 3PL white glove logistics company (www.ldklogistics.com) in 2014 and has been growing the company successfully. In 2016 LDK was selected as one of Colorado’s top 250 privately held companies. He is also a co-founder of DropSpot, a logistics start-up focusing on making home package delivery painless and rewarding.