Antler strengthens Global leadership team with two appointments
Antler has appointed Edward Knight as a Global Partner and Annette Wilson as European Chair and Advisor of Antler. Knight will also become a board member. The pair join to strengthen Antler's global and European team in supporting its founders, portfolio companies and the global Antler platform.
We are delighted that Edward Knight and Annette Wilson will join our leadership team led by Magnus Grimeland, our CEO and founder.
"So far, 2019 has been an exceptional year for Antler. We have grown our presence from our founding location in Singapore by opening seven new offices in London, Sydney, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Oslo Nairobi and New York. Our global reach, the innovative companies we have helped found, and the expertise of our team means we attract some of the brightest individuals in the industry, including Annette and Edward. We look forward to them becoming part of the Antler family and benefitting from their wealth of experience to help us achieve our ambitions."
— MAGNUS GRIMELAND, FOUNDER AND CEO
Knight and Wilson each bring different, significant experience to Antler:
Edward Knight has had a multi-decade career as a leader in European banking, most recently working at Goldman Sachs for just under fifteen years where he was a partner in the equities division, before retiring at the end of 2018. Prior to this, he was an Executive Director at Citigroup Global Markets for just under a decade. Edward's passion at Goldman Sachs was people and culture where he, amongst many other things, was a co-sponsor of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network in Europe.
Annette Wilson has spent the last twenty years in leadership roles in growth and venture capital firms that were focusing on scaling businesses across geographies. She was founding CFO of European growth investor, Palamon Capital Partners, where she took the firm's funds under management to €1.3bn. Most recently, she was Partner and COO at Finch Capital, a fintech investor, where she focused on Europe and Southeast Asia. Annette trained as a chartered accountant and also held senior roles in the insurance industry. She currently serves on the Venture Council of Invest Europe and is a former member of the Board of the British Venture Capital Association.
"I'm excited to join Antler's global team and share my knowledge and experience to help build the next generation of innovative tech startups across the world."
— EDWARD KNIGHT, GLOBAL PARTNER AND BOARD MEMBER OF ANTLER
Antler runs a startup generator program for entrepreneurs, which turns exceptional individuals into great founders of innovative businesses. Since we launched in 2018, Antler selected over 650 entrepreneurs into its program to become startup founders.
"I am delighted to be joining the Antler team. The program is impressive with its focus being on building strong founding teams coupled with harnessing tech innovation to build successful businesses. I look forward to being part of the global Antler team and contributing to the European expansion of Antler, especially as we today are seeing an increasing number of highly innovative startups emerging across Europe and the European VC industry is achieving excellent returns."
— ANNETTE WILSON, ADVISOR AND EUROPEAN CHAIR OF ANTLER
One of Antler's key missions is to break the barriers to entrepreneurship, enabling exceptional individuals to become great founders of world-changing tech startups. We attract an incredibly diverse range of people, with founding teams so far comprising of over 50 nationalities globally, and more than 50% of Antler's portfolio companies have at least one female co-founder.
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