Wilmes New Vivanco Supervisory Board Chairman
The shareholders meeting of the Vivanco Group elected him to the supervisory board at the end of 2003. In addition to his new role Wilmes will continue to actively supervise the successful re-direction of the Group. In the past Wilmes' posts have included that of Chief Executive of Deutsche Tiefbohr-Aktiengesellschaft, a globally operating company engaged in the oil and gas industry. Under his leadership the company was later sold to the British Abbot Group as part of the divestment strategy of the parent company Preussag.
Wilmes takes over as planned from Matthias Kues (44) who will continue to support the company as deputy supervisory board chairman. Kues is also CEO of NORD Holding GmbH, Hanover, the main shareholder.
About NORD Holding
With its 50-year history and over € 2.0 billion Assets under Management, NORD Holding is one of the leading Private Equity Asset Managers in Germany with a focus on direct and fund investments.
The direct investments division of NORD Holding focuses on structuring and financing company succession models, acquiring parts of larger groups/subsidiaries as well as on expansion financing of medium-sized companies. In contrast to most other financial investors, who only manage closed-end funds, NORD Holding acts as a so-called "evergreen fund", thereby investing from its own balance sheet with no maturity restrictions. Currently, the fund has interests in more than 15 companies in the DACH region.
The fund investments division targets the small- and mid-cap segment of the European private equity market through primaries, secondaries and co-investments.
NORD Holding has a strong focus on emerging buyout managers, hands-on investment strategies and regularly acts as an anchor investor. The division manages € 1.3 billion and ranks among the top decile fund investment groups in Europe.