- Aleksander Kierski - Managing Partner
Alex has been in the venture capital and private equity industry in Europe since 1989. Prior to launching JAK Fund Management, Mr. Kierski held senior executive positions with three Central European private equity funds; Citibank, Innova Capital and AIG New Europe fund. Previously, Mr. Kierski was a Partner at Baring Private Equity Partners in Paris and Geneva, where he spent nine years completing investment transactions in the high technology industry in Western Europe. He also spent two years with Arthur Andersen and two years with Postech (a software company). Throughout his career, Mr. Kierski has completed 16 investment transactions over US$160 million. Mr. Kierski holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia, and a Masters of Business Administration from Business School of Lausanne, Switzerland. He speaks Polish, English and French.
- Leszek Piaskowski - Partner (Investment Banking)
Leszek has 10 years experience in private equity, 4 in corporate advisory and 4 in management operations. Until April 2005, Mr. Piaskowski was CEO of STK a Polish CATV Operator and internet provider with 65,000 subscribers, which was sold successfully to a strategic buyer. Previously, he was an Investment Director with BB Investment – Polish private investment group with portfolio companies of value estimated at $150m where he was in charge of portfolio strategy. Between, 1994 and 2000 he was with Innova Capital; as an Investment Executive he led 9 investments in Central Europe. Between 1991-1994 he worked for Company Assistance Ltd. (CAL), one of Poland’s leading advisory firms in privatization programs, where he was personally responsible for "preparation" of nine companies for privatization. He graduated from Poznan Academy of Economics and reached M.A. in Foreign Trade and Management.
- Tomasz Pyrich - Partner (Investment Banking)
Tomasz has been in the financial advisory, investment and banking business since 1992. Prior to joining JAK Worldwide Management, Mr. Pyrich held analyst, managerial, senior executive and director positions at international financial advisory, private equity and corporate banking institutions including Price Waterhouse (7 years), Enterprise Investors (2 years), Citibank (8 years) and KPMG (1 year). Throughout his career, Mr. Pyrich has completed numerous transactions in the following fields: Privatization/M&A - 8, Debt Financing (CP/bonds - 10, investment loans - 30<), Structured Finance – 4, ABF – 9, IR/O hedging - 10<) with the total value exceeding USD 1.5MMM. Mr. Pyrich holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in MGT and International Studies, from Webster University, St. Louis Missouri and studied Law at the Warsaw University. He speaks Polish, English and Russian.
- Mirek Mendelewski - Partner (Real Estate)
Mirek has over 15 years experience in real estate transactions in Poland. He has generated and closed over 25 real estate projects in Poland including office building, residential and shopping malls for foreign developers and investment funds. Previously he spent 10 years in the Polish military in the intelligence sector. Mirek is four years running Polish shooting Champion as well as coach of the Polish team to two Olympic games. He speaks Polish and English.