People

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of Tennor Holding includes:

Martin Gilbert

Mr. Gilbert is Chairman of the Advisory Board. Mr. Gilbert is also Chairman of Aberdeen Standard Investments & Vice Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen plc, Edinburgh.

Standard Life Aberdeen is one of the world’s largest asset managers, with over EUR 650bn in assets under management.

Mr. Gilbert joined the investment department of local law firm Brander & Cruikshank in 1982, which subsequently became Aberdeen Asset Management. Mr. Gilbert was a co-founder & CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management. In March 2017, a merger between Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management was announced. At the time, the merger created the UK’s largest asset management firm, and the second biggest in Europe.

Mr. Gilbert sits on the UK Treasury’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board and the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board. He is a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the International Advisory Board of British American Business, as well as the Deputy Chairman of British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC.

Mr. Gilbert graduated from Aberdeen University with an MA in Accountancy and LL.B in Law before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte. He received an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2014 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2017.

John B. Quinn

Mr. Quinn is the founder of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

With his partners, Mr. Quinn built Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP into the world´s leading law firm focused on litigation with ca. 1.3 billion USD revenues, 3,000 employees and 27 offices in 11 countries. 

Quinn Emanuel is consistently ranked among the top law firms in various industry rankings and Mr. Quinn has been voted the most famous practising lawyer of any top law firm in the U.S. and one of the most influential lawyers in the U.S. by National Law Journal.

Quinn Emanuel was voted the most feared law firm in the world based on a survey of top legal decision makers.

Mr. Quinn attended Claremont McKenna College and Harvard Law School and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a Knox Fellow. He graduated in 1976 and joined Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and co-founded Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in 1986. He also served as general counsel to the Academy of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the organization that gives out the Oscars.

Mr. Quinn is an avid sportsman and has completed the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii twice. He is based in Los Angeles where Quinn Emanuel has its world headquarters.

General Scott Miller

General Scott Miller is a retired 4 Star General Officer who served more than 38 years in the United States Army.

He was the final commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces – Afghanistan from September 2, 2018 to July 12, 2021. He previously served as the commander of the United States Joint Special Operations Command from March 30, 2016 to August 2018. He participated in numerous combat operations, such as the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, and, since 2001, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

General Scott Miller fosters a deep sense of trust amongst his team by encouraging freedom and responsibility. His areas of expertise include building positive cultures that create inclusive, durable, and high-performing cross-functional teams; leading transformational change; ethical decision making; and crisis management.

He has extensive experience working with the U.S. Interagency and multi-national military and civilian leadership at the most senior political levels.

Vincent Chailley

Mr. Chailley is CIO of H2O Asset Management LLP, London.

Mr. Chailley headed the Global Fixed Income and Absolute Performance team of CAAM London. Starting his career in 1995 researching capital markets, he joined CAAM the following year as an analyst before becoming an investment manager in Asset Allocation and then Global Fixed Income.

Mr. Chailley is a member of the French Actuaries Institute and holds a postgraduate degree in Economics and Mathematical modeling from ENSAE. He also holds a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Paris Dauphine.

 

Marc Lasry

Mr. Lasry is the Co-Founder and CEO of Avenue Capital Group, New York.

Avenue Capital Group is a global investment firm that was founded in 1995 by its Senior Principals, Marc Lasry and Sonia Gardner. The firm’s primary focus is investing in distressed debt and other special situations investments in the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm manages assets estimated to be approximately USD 12bn and employs c. 170 people worldwide.

Mr. Lasry co-founded Amroc Investments, LLC (“Amroc”), which purchased both trade claims and bank debt held by vendors of bankrupt and/or distressed companies. Prior to that, Mr. Lasry was the Co–Director of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department at Cowen & Company. He also served as Director of the Private Debt Department at Smith Vasiliou Management Company.

Mr. Lasry is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and he has served and will continue to serve on various other boards of advisors/directors of both for-profit and not-for-profit private and public companies.

Mr. Lasry graduated with a B.A. in History from Clark University and a J.D. from New York Law School.

Ian Read

Mr Read is the former CEO & Executive Chairman of Pfizer Inc

As president, chief executive officer, and chairman of Pfizer, Mr Read created more than $240 billion in shareholder value.
Born in Scotland and raised in Zimbabwe, he received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College London and earned Chartered Accountants certification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

He joined the biopharmaceutical company Pfizer in 1978 as an operational auditor and quickly ascended to the company’s leadership team. Until 1995, Mr Read worked in Latin America, including key appointments as chief financial officer of Pfizer Mexico and country manager of Pfizer Brazil. In 1996, Mr Read was appointed president of Pfizer’s International Pharmaceuticals Group, Latin America , which led to a series of promotions. He was named executive vice president for Europe in 2000 and corporate vice president in 2001. Additional areas of responsibility included oversight of operations in Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. He later became senior vice president and group president of Pfizer’s Worldwide Biopharmaceutical Businesses.

Mr Read was appointed CEO in 2010, and a year later, became Pfizer’s chairman of the board. He retired as CEO in December 2018 and as board chairman at the end of 2019. He is presently chairman of DXC and a board member of Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Management board

Lars Windhorst

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Windhorst founded Windhorst New Technologies AG in 2000 with a focus on investments in the internet and new technologies sectors. In 1995, Mr. Windhorst established Windhorst Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd. in Hong Kong and by 1996 the company had diversified into a trading and investment conglomerate with activities in electronics, industry, trading, real estate and finance. Mr. Windhorst founded his first company, Windhorst Electronics Group, at the age of 16 in 1993, assembling and distributing PCs and IT products across Europe with first year sales of over USD 50m. Mr. Windhorst was a member of Dr. Helmut Kohl’s (the then German Federal Chancellor) economic advisory board, and accompanied the Federal Chancellor to help generate business connections globally. Mr. Windhorst was also the youngest “Global Leader for Tomorrow” at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

 

Mr. Windhorst has been heavily involved in various philanthropies and has generously donated to charities in the field of art. He is a patron and benefactor of the Serpentine Gallery and member of the Council of Trustees of the Serpentine Gallery in London. He has been involved with supporting two world renowned art exhibitions. Firstly, the display of ‘Reichstag Unwrapped’, a photographic exhibition by conceptual artist Christo at the Reichstag in Berlin, twenty years after he first created his iconic building wrapper; and secondly, supporting the ongoing exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery in London

Stefan Kindler

Chief Risk Officer

Mr. Kindler is the Chief Risk Officer and is Head of Legal & Compliance of Tennor. Mr. Kindler joined Tennor in January 2019. Mr. Kindler started his career as a lawyer at HLB Stueckmann and Partner, a mid-size auditing and tax consulting firm in Bielefeld, Germany. In 2004 he qualified as a tax consultant and later as a certified auditor. Mr. Kindler has 18 years of experience in auditing and advising large and mid-size companies in various industries (Pharmacy, Cosmetics, Agriculture, Abrasives and Food Industry) and during this time he accompanied several due diligence, tax compliance and M&A projects. He has expertise in German local GAAP and IFRS. Mr. Kindler holds a Law degree from University of Bielefeld.

Peter Calamari

General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer

Peter Calamari is the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Tennor.

Prior to joining Tennor, Mr. Calamari was Presiding Partner and head of the national banking & financial institutions practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in New York. He joined Quinn Emanuel in 2004 as the managing partner of the New York office which grew from 15 lawyers to 300 lawyers under his leadership. Quinn Emanuel is one of the world´s leading law firms. It focuses exclusively on disputes and investigations with ca. 1.3 billion USD revenues, 3,000 employees and 27 offices in 11 countries. It was recently voted the most feared law firm in the world based on a survey of top legal decision makers.

Mr. Calamari has 30 plus years of experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation, particularly in the financial services industry.  Over the years he has been involved in many significant international disputes producing some of the biggest settlements in U.S. history for his clients, with recoveries totaling in excess of $15 billion. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Fordham Law School, where he also was an adjunct professor of law.  Between 2000 and 2004, he was a managing director at Credit Suisse, assisting in various administrative functions at the most senior level including as the Global Head of Human Resources.  In that capacity he helped organize a new division specializing in hedge funds, private equity and alternate capital investments. Mr. Calamari has long been recognized by Chambers USA who praises his well-known plaintiff-side practice against major financial institutions, which sees him labelled as “probably the most feared name among bank defendants” and “a real strategic leader in the space (2020).” He has previously been highly regarded for his commercial litigation expertise and praised for his “excellent instincts and great courtroom presence (2013).” 

Arvind Sodhani

President and Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Arvind Sodhani is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Tennor.

Prior to joining Tennor, Mr. Sodhani spent over 35 years in senior executive management positions at Intel Corporation notably being the founder and President of Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel Corporation. 

Mr. Sodhani joined Intel in Belgium in 1981 as Assistant Treasurer Europe and retired in 2016 as Executive Vice President of Intel Corporation and President of Intel Capital and member of Intel Management Committee.

He founded Intel Capital in 1988 and built it into the largest and most profitable corporate venture capital investor and widely acclaimed global Tier 1 Silicon Valley venture capital investor. Under his leadership, Intel Capital invested over $13B in over 1200 technology companies in over 30 countries including China, Europe, Israel, India, Brazil, Chile, and Vietnam.

Concurrently from 1988 to 2015, Mr. Sodhani was also Head of M&A and Corporate Strategy at Intel and completed 138 M&A transactions that helped Intel with continued technology transformation and maintaining leadership in PC’s, servers, cloud, memory, and modems.

Mr. Sodhani also invested over $15B in large strategic minority investments in several large technology companies.

Mr. Sodhani was Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Intel from 1988 to 2005 and executed numerous landmark capital market transactions globally and managed $20B fixed-income portfolio including options, swaps, derivatives, and tax driven deals, and managed Intel’s foreign currency exchange risk. During this period, Mr. Sodhani was also head of Investor Relations, managed Intel SERP (employee retirement fund) with assets over $20B and negotiated Intel’s multibillion FDI investments in Israel, Ireland and China.

Prior to Intel Corporation, Mr. Sodhani worked at Pistrelli Diaz in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Arthur Andersen Consulting.

Mr. Sodhani has previously served on the Board of Directors of NASDAQ from 1997 to 2007, Smart Technologies from 2007 to 2013, Clearwire from 2007 to 2012, Numonyx from 2008 to 2010 and Intel Foundation from 1988 to 2005.

Mr. Sodhani graduated from the University of London and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Senior Investment Team

Arjun Metre

Head of Sports, Media and Entertainment Investments

Mr. Metre is Head of Sports, Media & Entertainment related investments of Tennor. In this capacity, he has joined the boards of Tennor’s technology & media related portfolio companies. Mr. Metre served over the past 14 years, most recently, as Investment Director leading the Media, Entertainment and Sports Technology vertical at Intel Capital. Mr. Metre co-led the formation of the joint NBA-Intel Capital “Emerging Technology Initiative”. He holds a B.S. in Management Science/Quantitative Economics from the University of California at San Diego.

Mark An

Portfolio Manager

Mr. An is a Managing Director having joined Tennor in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. An was a VP with Macquarie Group in London providing financial advisory services to corporate clients across the Telecom, Technology, Media and Entertainment sectors. In parallel, he was also part of Macquarie’s principle investment team. Mr. An is a Korean national, fluent in Korean and English, who served as a Sergeant in the Republic of Korea Army in the Aviation Operations Command and completed service with honours as a Squadron Leader. He holds a Master of Science in Finance from INSEAD, Master of Philosophy, Industrial Management from the University of Cambridge and a BSc, Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Filippos Kodellas de la Morena

Portfolio Manager

Mr. Kodellas de la Morena is a Managing Director having joined Tennor in 2018. Before that, Filippos was part of KKR’s Special Situations team in London providing bespoke capital structure solutions to corporates and investing in public/private companies. He was actively involved in the full deal process; sourcing, underwriting, execution, portfolio management through to exit. Previously, Mr. Kodellas de la Morena was part of the distressed opportunities and non-performing loan team at Bain Capital Credit in London. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas and is a fluent speaker in Greek, Spanish, French and English.

Tarek Malak

Portfolio Manager

Mr. Malak is a Managing Director having joined Tennor in 2011. Before that, Mr. Malak was with N.M. Rothschild & Sons in their Financial Advisory Group, specialising in M&A (focusing on TMT, consumer/retail and real estate) and debt restructuring (focusing on real estate, consumer/retail and leisure) transactions for large and mid-cap clients. Mr. Malak graduated from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, with a Master’s degree in Business and Economics.

Mark Olson

Portfolio Manager

Mr. Olson is a Managing Director having joined Tennor in 2015. Previously Mr. Olson managed an independent private investment firm, originating and placing private debt and equity opportunities across FinTech, Cyber Security, Commodity, Asset Backed and Commercial Property transactions. He was also head of convertible bond research on the trading desk at Morgan Stanley London and for the high yield bond trading desk at RBS London. Mr. Olson was also involved in origination, pricing and sales/distribution of bonds across European and North American investors. Mr. Olson obtained his Chartered Accountancy designation with KPMG, having professional experience in Canada, Germany and the UK. He is a CFA charter holder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Investor Relations

Benjamin Pourrat

Investor Relations Manager

Mr. Pourrat is a Managing Director having joined Tennor in 2014. Prior to that he served as Managing Partner and Business Development leader for a boutique investment advisory GAP Financial Advisors SA; JP Morgan Cazenove; and was one of the founders of Liberum Capital, a small investment bank with a focus on real estate, agriculture, mining, oil and gas, and technology investments throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Mr. Pourrat has extensive experience driving the success of high-revenue investment opportunities throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa; ensuring market dominance in diverse regions worldwide; and consulting with top-tier clients regarding hedge funds, fixed income, equity, private placement and other financial products. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Administration, Major in International Management from the University of Applied Science, Geneva, Switzerland.

Rene Riefler

Investor Relations Manager

Mr. Riefler is a Managing Director having joined Tennor in 2011. Before that, Mr. Riefler held senior positions in the banking and asset management industry for over two decades. He was Managing Director and founder of the largest non-bank owned Austrian Brokerage Company, RRS Strategies Services GMBH and the co-owner, CIO and board member of Euroinvest Bank. Previously, at the Bank Austria, Mr. Riefler built the Derivatives Trading department and served as a Managing Director for Investment bank Austria. Mr. Riefler was also a fund manager with San Marco KAG, and Managing Director for Ringturm KAG, the asset management company of Vienna Insurance Group VIG.