Sofinnova Partners, a life sciences venture capital firm based in Paris, London, and Milan, appointed Mats Eklund as Partner and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.
Mr. Eklund will be taking over the helm of Sofinnova’s corporate services team from Monique Saulnier, a Managing Partner. Ms. Saulnier, who is retiring after 40 years with Sofinnova, will remain at the firm for a transition period until the second half of 2023.
Mr. Eklund has 25 years’ experience in finance. His appointment reflects the strengthening of the firm’s management and corporate functions as it pursues its expansion across the entire value chain of life sciences investments.
Mr. Eklund most recently served as a Senior Advisor to two fund managers, NREP, a real estate fund manager with €15 billion in assets under management (AUM), and Sprints Capital, a venture capital and growth capital investment company with €1B in AUM. At NREP, he played a leading part in the acquisition of a German credit platform and in building the foundation for NREP’s credit business.
Before that, Mr. Eklund was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Triton, a Northern European private equity and credit investment firm with €16 billion in AUM. He was responsible for the corporate services teams, risk management, portfolio monitoring and ESG and served as a Director of the Boards of the Triton Alternative Investment Fund Manager and General Partner Companies. In addition, he worked closely with the Investor Relations team, supporting fund formation, capital raising and key investor relationships. During his time as Triton’s COO, Mr. Eklund also served as Head of WestPark Management Services, a company dedicated to providing services to Triton’s portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Triton, Mr. Eklund was with GE for almost 14 years. His most recent role there was as Chief Financial Officer for GE Capital EMEA, M&A and Private Equity. Mr. Eklund holds a master’s in economics and financial administration from the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University, Sweden.
Founded in 1972, Sofinnova Partners is a venture capital firm with experience backing over 500 companies and creating market leaders around the globe. Today, Sofinnova Partners has over €2.5 billion under management.