Menlo Park, 10th August 2022 - Permira, the global private equity firm, today announced the appointment of Koen Köppen as a Senior Adviser to its global technology team, focusing on software and fintech.
Koen is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Mollie, a leading digital payment service provider, which he joined earlier this year. At Mollie, he is responsible for the reliability, scalability and development of the company’s technology platforms. Prior to joining Mollie, Koen spent over a decade at Klarna, where he held several leadership positions before becoming its CTO in 2017. He is also a Board member at GoCardless, a leading alternative payment methods provider.
At Permira, Koen will use his experience, deep industry expertise and network to support investment origination and value creation across the portfolio, including the partnerships with leading fintech and payments companies such as Klarna, GoCardless, Carta, Clearwater Analytics and Housecall Pro.
Koen Köppen said: “I am really excited to be joining Permira, having seen their collaborative approach and growth mindset first-hand during my time at Klarna and GoCardless, both disruptive fintech leaders with best-in-class technology, as well as Reorg, the data, analytics and intelligence provider. Having spent more than a decade in the fintech space, I look forward to applying my experience to work with Andy and the broader team to partner with industry leaders looking to scale.”
Andrew Young, Partner at Permira, commented: “Koen brings a unique combination of commercial acumen and an understanding of modern engineering practices that, together, can deliver incredible product velocity. We couldn’t be happier to have him join our team to bring his perspectives to bear to both investment opportunities and our portfolio companies.”
Permira’s Senior Advisers help drive value by partnering with investment teams to both identify new opportunities and build and scale portfolio companies globally. Koen’s appointment follows the additions of tech industry veteran Simon Segars, earlier this year, as well as Barry O’Sullivan and Mark Garrett in 2021.