Robert-Jan van Ogtrop is joining African private equity firm Phatisa as a Senior Partner. Following a career that included being the CEO of Bols Royal Distilleries and Remy Cointreau as well as becoming an Industrial Partner at CVC Capital Partners, van Ogtrop co-founded The Circle Economy in 2011, a social enterprise dedicated to accelerating global transition to sustainable circular economies.
Commenting on the appointment, Valentine Chitalu, Phatisa’s Chairman said ‘We are privileged to have an individual with such a depth of business experience, culminating in significant operating partner roles in European and African private equity, joining the Phatisa partnership. Robert-Jan will play a pivotal role in guiding our portfolio team and bringing international perspective to our investment decision-making’.
Van Ogtrop is an investor in a number of companies, facilitating their transformation into circular operational businesses. With his extensive business and investment experience as well as a focus on nature conservation, sustainability and business development in Europe and Africa, he sees working at Phatisa as a natural fit. He retains a number of leadership positions in several organizations including being chairman of African Parks, chairman of TBL Mirror Fund and non-executive board seats at a number of other companies.