FORMER CAPGEMINI DIRECTOR PATRICK NICOLET AND SAPPHIRE VENTURES FINANCE EXEC SAI SOOD JOINS BGV, AS WELL AS SEVERAL NEW TEAMS RECRUIED
MENLO PARK, California, January 10, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Silicon Valley-based venture capital (VC) firm Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV) today announced that Patrick Nicolet, former CTO and member of the Management Board of Capgemini, has joined its investment team as an Operating Partner. In addition, BGV welcomes new CFO Sai Sood, the former principal controller of Sapphire Ventures, as well as a new partner Romain Lenoir, as she strengthens her team and moves to a new office in Menlo Park, following the closing of its fourth fund, BGV IV.
AT $ 110 million, and 60% larger than its predecessor, BGV IV marks a new chapter for the global enterprise, which focuses on the intersection of enterprise 4.0 and cross-border innovation. With its growth, the company expands its presence in Europe. Given that of Patrick Nicolet extensive experience in establishing CapGemini’s presence outside of France, he brings solid leadership credentials and operational expertise, as well as a deep specialization in distributed computing, digital transformation and decentralized architectures.
“BGV’s technical orientation and cross-border philosophy correspond to my vision of the innovation landscape,” explains Nicolet. “My experience as CTO of CapGemini, then as an entrepreneur at Linebreak Capital, leads me to believe that Europe – and France in particular – is a land of excellence in innovation. I join BGV, alongside Sarah benhamou and Romain Lenoir, to work on sourcing and support for companies which, tomorrow, will deploy their activities across the Atlantic to become world leaders. “
Nicolet joins an investment team made up of six French experts, including the new Partner Romain Lenoir, recently graduated with an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure, and BGV Principal Sarah benhamou, which has spearheaded BGV’s investment efforts in France.
Sai Sood, former CFO of Sapphire Ventures, brings a proven track record of scaling a global venture capital firm. He will lead BGV’s operations, finance and investor relations teams and is based in Silicon Valley. With the ability to execute consistently, Sai brings a wealth of knowledge in valuation, accounting, tax and venture capital operations.
“The recent additions to the core BGV team reflect the expansion of our platform in several dimensions,” explains Éric Benhamou, founder and president of BGV. “With Patrick who joined our investment team in Europe, we are considerably developing our ability to develop our portfolio companies born in Europe and ready to cross the Atlantic to become a true world leader in their category. We are also developing our capacity to involve European Limited Partners in the field and to attract them to our platform. With Sai’s arrival as CFO in Silicon Valley, we bring a seasoned executive with a proven ability to scale cross-border venture capital funds and meet the expectations of demanding LPs around the world. We are delighted to be able to attract talent of this caliber and to welcome these new additions to our team. “
BGV is a venture capital firm with deep roots in Silicon Valley and focused exclusively on the global technological innovation of Enterprise 4.0. The partnership looks for companies in innovation hubs around the world and deploys financial and human capital from seed stage to IPO. With offices in Palo Alto, Tel Aviv, Paris and Bombay, BGV championed a cross-border venture capital investment model with a portfolio representing companies in the United States, Israel, Europe and India. Visit www.bgv.vc to learn more.
SOURCE Benhamou Global Ventures