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Robin Rowland

Operating Partner - London

Prior to working with TriSpan, Robin spent 35 years in the restaurant / F&B sectors, where he held several senior management roles with leading casual brands. From joining Whitbread PLC in 1984, Robin has developed and led multiple pub & restaurant brands with leading UK hospitality sector PLCs including Diageo, Scottish & Newcastle and The Restaurant Group before joining Yo! Sushi in 1999.

Over 18 years, Robin built Yo! Sushi, the iconic fast-casual popular restaurant chain, from 3 to ~100 company restaurants both in the UK and the US, including 16 franchise restaurants in international airports and the Gulf. In November 2017, Yo! Sushi acquired Canada-based Bento Sushi (supermarket kiosks and supply) creating a US$200m+ turnover group. Robin led Yo! Sushi’s MBOs in September 2003, March 2008 and most recently in November 2015. His management philosophy is simple as he agitates for “continual improvement” on 5 Ps – People, Product, Property, Promotion and Profit.

He has been recognized by a number of awards such as “Retailer of Year” awarded by MCA, “Group Restauranteur” awarded by Catey, “Icon Winner” at the annual Peach Factory Hero & Icon Awards, and received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for outstanding services to hospitality in 2016. The Yo! Sushi team has been recognized over the years for design, company, menu, technology and as an outstanding employer.

Robin serves as Non-Executive Director at eathos, Yo! Sushi, Marston’s PLC and Caffe Nero.

Robin received his degree in American Studies, History, Politics and Literature from the University of Kent.

Other Team Members

Axelle Strain

Senior Advisor - London

Prior to working with Trispan, Axelle spent twelve years at Quilvest Private Equity, where she was Managing Partner, Head of Europe. Axelle oversaw and led…

Brandon Stephens

Advisory Partner - London

Brandon is the founder of Tortilla Mexican Grill, the second largest fast-casual Mexican chain outside the United States, with 36 restaurants in the UK and…

Nadine Koniski-Ziadé

Senior Advisor - London

Nadine has 22 years of experience in finance in both private equity and investment banking. Starting 2016, Nadine founded Stakeholder Advisors and joined TriSpan Group…

Said Freiha

Partner - London

Said is a Partner and Relationship Manager with the TriSpan Group. Prior to TriSpan, Said spent more than 9 years at Credit Suisse in investment…

Jamal Al Husseini

Partner

Jamal is a Partner and a Relationship Manager covering the Middle East with the TriSpan Group. Jamal started his career as a corporate banker, spending…

Gregor Lanz

Partner - London

Gregor is a Partner, Member of the Executive Committee and Global Head of Investor Relations & Client Relationship Management with the TriSpan Group. Prior to…

Anna Hogarth

Director - London

Anna is a Director of Finance and Operations with the TriSpan Group. Prior to joining TriSpan, Anna spent 10 years at Goldman Sachs. Anna was…

David Allan

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer - London

Dave Allan is TriSpan’s group COO and CFO and is a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to joining TriSpan, Dave spent more than 10…

Massimo Galli

Analyst - London

Massimo is an Analyst with the TriSpan Group. Prior to joining Trispan, Massimo worked as a management consulting intern at Accenture in Milan. During his…

Stefano Introzzi

Associate - London

Prior to joining TriSpan, Stefano worked for 4 years as an Investment Banking Analyst and Associate at Credit Suisse in London. During his period at…

Thomas Plaquet

Associate - London

Prior to joining TriSpan, Thomas worked for 2 years as a private equity analyst at SIP Agriculture in London and Luxembourg. At SIP, he worked…

Benjamin Shaw

Associate - London

Prior to joining TriSpan, Ben worked in investment banking with the consumer and retail team of Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) in London. At…

Jeffrey Ackerman

Associate - New York

Jeffrey previously worked in Chicago as an Associate at Victory Park Capital Advisors where he was responsible for the evaluation, execution and monitoring of investment…

Jessica Kates

Partner - New York

Jessica has spent most of her career in the consumer and retail industries with a unique hybrid background that includes over 15 years of experience…

Joseph Patrick Dib

Partner - London

Prior to joining TriSpan, JP worked at Quilvest & Partners, where he was engaged in private equity and advisory activities primarily in the Middle East…

Baudoin Lorans

Partner - New York

Baudoin is a Partner with the Trispan Group and part of Trispan’s U.S. private equity team. Prior to joining Trispan, Baudoin co-led the direct private…

Samir Philippe Heneine

Operating Partner - London

Samir is an Operating Partner with the TriSpan Group. Prior to working with TriSpan, Samir was a senior Executive Director at IBM France and Europe,…

Harira Ibrahim

Office Administrator - London

Harira joined Trispan in September 2018 from XIO group where she was Personal Assistant to the CEO, Head of Europe and other members of the…

Turki Alrashed

Analyst - New York

Prior to joining TriSpan, Turki was an investment analyst in the consumer and retail team at Birch Grove Capital in New York where he worked…

Adrien de Schompré

Advisory Partner - London

Adrien is an Advisory Partner for the Rising Stars Fund with the TriSpan Group. Adrien also currently acts as General Manager for Sushi Shop at the AmRest Group.…

Pericles Mazarakis

Managing Partner - New York

Prior to working with TriSpan, Pericles was a Senior Operating Partner and Head of Portfolio Support at CDPQ’s Private Equity division that has $25B under…

Elan Schultz

Founding Partner - New York

Elan has over 25 years of private equity experience having participated in over US$1.5Bn of transactions in over 100 investments. During his career he has…

Fady Michel Abouchalache

Founding Partner - London

Prior to founding TriSpan, Fady Michel was the CEO of the Quilvest Group, CEO of Quilvest Private Equity, Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors,…