We are delighted to announce the appointment of Susie Stanford as associate director. Susie’s appointment will further strengthen our offering to retail and consumer facing businesses.
Susie was previously Investment Manager at The Lewis Trust Group (LTG), the investment vehicle of the Lewis Family, founders and ongoing owner operators of UK fast fashion retailer River Island. Whilst there she worked with portfolio companies including women’s apparel brands Mint Velvet and Evereve, as well as serving on the board of AIM-listed Everyman Media Group plc. She also worked closely with the Management of River Island on strategic initiatives, including the launch of quarterly innovation sessions collaborating with some of the UKs top start-up companies such as Thread and Blue Yonder.
Prior to this, Susie developed portfolio companies and originated new investment opportunities for Sapinda Principal Investments from 2013-2015, a privately-owned Principal Investment group. She started her career at Goldman Sachs, working at the firm for 6 years before leaving as Vice President in 2013.
Commenting on her appointment, Susie Stanford said: “I am thrilled to be joining Livingbridge. It has gained a strong reputation for working with high growth companies, including many in the consumer sector, such as Pho and Fat Face. The consumer sector has been my focus for the past few years and given the disruption retail is currently undergoing there is huge opportunity to build on the strong momentum Livingbridge has generated.”
Wol Kolade, Managing Partner at Livingbridge said: “It’s fantastic to have Susie joining the team. She brings with her a wide range of excellent experience and joins Livingbridge at a key point in our development as we look to continue our strong first half performance into the second half of 2017.”