Europe’s first dedicated investor in the data and security sector, C5 Capital (www.c5capital.com), today announced the appointment of Simon Church as Executive in Residence, with effect as of 1st September 2015.
Mr Church, previously appointed to C5’s Technology Council to provide strategic and operational advice, recently decided to leave his role as Chief Executive Officer at NTT Com Security after three years, to join C5.
On the announcement of his appointment, Mr Church said, “I am delighted to announce my appointment as Executive in Residence at C5 Capital. C5 launched last year with the objective of exclusively focusing on the fast growth data and security sector and is the only fund of its nature in Europe. I look forward to working with C5’s partners and identifying other European businesses in this sector with the potential and ambition to take advantage of a strong growing market.”
Nazo Moosa, Managing Partner of C5 Capital, commented on the appointment, “Simon is one of the most experienced information security executives in Europe, having grown Verisign, NetIQ and most recently NTT Com Security globally. We look forward to working with Simon to create value for C5’s existing portfolio of companies and exploring new investment opportunities together.”
C5 Capital recently announced the appointment of other experienced technology executives as advisors to its Technology Council, including Dr. John Bates (Chief Marketing Officer of TecDax Listed Software AG) and Per Roman (co-founder and managing partner of GP Bullhound LLP). They will join a roster of IT industry and government advisors at C5, including Admiral Mike Mullen (17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Obama and Bush, and currently serving on the boards of General Motors, InQTel and Sprint) and Vincent Mai (CEO of Cranemere).
About C5 Capital
C5 Capital (C5) is a specialist European fund focuses exclusively on the security and data market.
C5 Capital is led by Managing Partner, Nazo Moosa, who was a founding member of Carlyle European Technology Partners where she spent twelve years investing in the technology and Internet sectors. Prior to the Carlyle Group, Ms. Moosa invested growth capital with JH Partners in San Francisco.
The investment team is guided by an experienced group of industry, government and private equity advisors including Admiral Mike Mullen (17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Obama and Bush), Simon Church (CEO of NTT Com Security), John Bates (Chief Marketing Officer of Software AG) and Vincent Mai (former Chairman of AEA and Co-Chair of Lehman Brothers Europe). The combined team provides a unique pool of experience including deep sector knowledge, operational experience of running growth companies and a track record of working with some of Europe’s leading private equity funds.
C5 makes transformational growth capital investments of $10 – $25 million in fast growing, profitable European companies that operate in the security and data sectors. In return, C5 Capital offers a high level of operational and board support, as well as access to a network of senior advisers and business partners.
C5 Capital has invested in three companies to date: Metrasens: a detection business spun out of Qinetiq; Balabit, a global leader in contextual security intelligence; and, Omada, a European leader in the identity access and governance market.