Jonny Crowe

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Jonny Crowe 

Experience and qualifications

Jonny joined Apax as Operating Advisor in March 2017. He is an experienced Internet and media executive. Until recently he was the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Wehkamp, the leading fashion and other online retail group in the Netherlands. Previously he was Interim CEO of Grupa S.A. and Chief Digital Officer of Ringier Axel Springer, the leading integrated media company in Central and Eastern Europe.

Having worked for over 20 years in investment, operational general management, law and M&A, Jonny has a broad range of experience across many types of interactive businesses. A founder of the EU arm of US incubator idealab, Jonny was part of of the founding team of Overture Europe (parent company sold to Yahoo! for $1.7bn in 2004) as well as Local Search (sold to News International in 2005). Next Jonny founded or co-founded a number of London-based startups and then spent four years as COO Europe for emerging market long-hold investor and media company Naspers, running all M&A and operations (Naspers is an investor in Tencent,, Buscape, Allegro, etc.). He has founded, run, invested in and bought many types of interactive companies, including paid search, price comparison, online media, classifieds, marketplace, B2C e-commerce, local search, social networking, games and mobile.

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