Apax Sustainability Committee
Sustainability is integral to Apax's
operations and is co-ordinated by a dedicated Sustainability
Committee drawn from senior members of the firm.
The Apax Sustainability Committee manages
all aspects of the implementation of the Apax sustainability
effort. The Committee provides regular feedback to Apax's CEO and
also to the Executive Committee with regard to key projects. The
Committee is led by Michael Phillips and meets on a monthly basis
to cover a wide variety of projects, both with regard to internal
matters and the Apax Sustainability Screening Programme
and also portfolio company monitoring.
Michael Phillips is a Partner and member of the Executive, International Investment, Approval, Portfolio Review and Exit Committees. He is a Trustee of the Apax Foundation and head of the Munich office where he is based.
Michael originally joined Apax Partners in 1992. He has both led and participated in a number of key deals including Sulo, IFCO Systems and Tommy Hilfiger. He has served as an advisor and board member to a number of Apax portfolio companies including Xerium, IFCO Systems, Tommy Hilfiger, Travelex and Capio.
Prior to joining Apax Partners Michael spent three years at OTTO Holding Ltd in Cologne, one of Germany's largest waste management companies, as the general manager of an operations subsidiary and four years at Ciba-Geigy Canada, as an engineer in their Plastics Additives Division.
Michael holds a BS in Engineering Chemistry from Queen's University in Kingston Canada and also an MBA from INSEAD.
Ellen de Kreij is a member of the Investor Relations team based in London, with a particular focus on European investors. Ellen is also responsible for the implementation of the Apax sustainability programme. Ellen joined Apax Partners in 2002 as Director of Deal Generation and became a Director in the Investor Relations team in early 2010.
Prior to joining Apax Partners, Ellen worked as an investment banker in the mergers & acquisitions teams at Merrill Lynch and Broadview International, where she specialised in advising transactions in the technology sector. She also worked for Shell in the Netherlands for three years prior to completing an MBA.
Ellen holds an MA in Dutch Civil Law from the University of Leiden and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Sarah Rajani is Director of Communications at Apax Partners with responsibility for all aspects of the Firm’s global communications activities including Media Relations, Public and Regulatory Affairs, Reputation and Brand Management. Sarah is based in London and joined Apax in 2013.
Sarah joined the firm from high-street fashion retailer New Look where she was Group Communications Director. Previously, Sarah was Global Vice President of Strategy and Investor Relations at Samsonite Ltd responsible for, amongst other activities, developing and leading Samsonite's global investor relations programme, incorporating the preparation of an IPO and successful fielding of a dual track sale process in 2007. Prior to Samsonite, Sarah was a Vice President at DrKW, where she worked as an equity analyst covering the Pan European General Retail and Luxury Goods sectors.
Sarah holds an MA Honours degree in Mathematics from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University and is a CFA charterholder.