The Riverside Company Hires Höppner As COO Of European Fund

May 5 2017 | 6:23pm ET

Global private equity firm The Riverside Company has named European PE industry veteran Dörte Höppner as the new chief operating officer of its Riverside Europe Fund.

In her new role, Höppner will work with senior transactors to set and track goals in Europe, develop and lead process improvements, manage the budget in Europe and work closely with the firm’s global talent management team, the company said in a statement.  

She will be based out of Riverside’s Munich and London offices.

Höppner is well known in the European private equity industry. Most recently, she was a managing director at German law firm Pöllath + Partners after serving as CEO and secretary general at Brussels-based trade association Invest Europe from 2011 to 2016. Beforehand, she was a managing director at the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association for five years. 

Riverside came to know Höppner when Riverside partner Karsten Langer served as the organization’s chairman, the company added. “Dörte makes us a more knowledgeable, more connected and capable pan-European investor,” said Langer. “I have the utmost respect for her and I am delighted to be working with her again.”

“Dörte has a range of experience and connections that will serve Riverside and our investors very well,” added Riverside managing partner Tony Cabral. “Her extensive time in leading Invest Europe put her in touch with scores of the leading players in Europe. She will provide invaluable advice and serve as a liaison between Riverside, investors and prospective investors throughout Europe and Asia. We’re excited to add her to our team.”

Höppner will replace 10-year Riverside veteran Avi Turetsky, who will transition out of the firm over the summer to focus on private equity research. 

Founded in 1988, Riverside has more than 20 transacting partners globally focused on making control and non-control investments in growing businesses valued at up to $400 million. Since inception, Riverside has invested in more than 470 transactions and its portfolio currently includes more than 80 companies.

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