TEAM

Columna principals have the relevant skill set and proven transactional experience across private equity, corporate advisory & restructuring and operational management to execute and manage complex transactions.  Many of the existing team have worked together for over ten years.

Rory Devlin
Managing Partner
Rory is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Columna.  He has more than 20 years’ experience in private equity, banking and operational management.  Prior to Columna, he was a Partner at ESO Capital, an Executive Director at D.B. Zwirn and the CFO/co-founder of Surplex.  He started his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. 

Rory holds a BA (Hons) from Trinity College (Dublin) and a Masters in Management from ESCP Europe (Paris, Oxford, Berlin).  He is fluent in English, French, German and Spanish.

Michael Tose
Partner
Michael is a co-founder and Partner at Columna.  He has more than 20 years’ experience in private equity, corporate restructuring and operational management.  Prior to Columna, he was a Vice President at ESO Capital, a Director at FTI Consulting, a Senior Manager at PwC and the CFO of E-Loft. 

Michael holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Bristol and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with Price Waterhouse in 1999.  He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Andrea Frecchiami
Partner
Andrea is a Partner at Columna, based in Lugano (Switzerland).  He has more than 20 years’ experience in private equity and banking.  Prior to Columna, he was a Partner at BS Private Equity (Milan), a leading Italian mid-market private equity group, and an investment banker at Barclays Capital in both Milan and London. 

Andrea holds a BA (Hons) from Bocconi University (Italy).  He is fluent in English, Italian and French.

Vilmos Pongrácz
Partner
Vilmos is a Partner at Columna.  He has more than 20 years’ experience in advisory, principal finance and private equity.  Prior to Columna, he was a Managing Director in the Financial Markets Advisory Group within BlackRock Solutions responsible for the execution of advisory mandates in Europe.  Before that, he was a Senior Vice President at private equity firm Lone Star and an Executive Director in investment banking at Morgan Stanley where he started his career.

Vilmos holds a Masters in Management from ESCP Europe (Paris, Oxford, Berlin).
He is fluent in English, German, Hungarian and French.

Sharon Richardson
Head of Asset Management
Sharon joined Columna in 2010 and is Head of Asset Management.  She has more than 18 years’ experience in portfolio management, internal and external audit, finance and accounting.  Prior to joining Columna, Sharon was Head of Asset Management at ESO Capital and also worked at Tesco plc, Reuters plc, Deloitte and Arthur Andersen where she started her career. 

Sharon holds an MA from Clare College (Cambridge) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with Deloitte in 2001.  She is fluent in English, French and German.

Mary Clark
Portfolio Executive
Mary joined Columna in 2012 and is a Portfolio Executive.  She has more than 16 years’ experience in investment analysis, transaction structuring, external audit, finance and accounting. Prior to joining Columna, Mary was a Corporate Investment Accountant at Pentland Group and also worked at Ingenious Media, PwC and Schroder Salomon Smith Barney where she started her career.

Mary holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Bristol and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) with PwC in 2004.  She has passed level III of the CFA Program.

Asha Patel
Office Manager
Asha joined Columna in 2011 and is the Office Manager.  Prior to joining Columna, Asha worked in various administration roles at ESO Capital, RBS and Beaumont Partners.

Asha holds a BA (Hons) in Business Management from Kingston University.  She is fluent in English and Gujarati.

We are an experienced team of
investment professionals that
share the same focus on
growing and building profitable
businesses.








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