Didier Stoessel spent over 10 years in investment banking, starting his career with Merrill Lynch International in London. Didier joined HSBC Investment Bank in 1997 and became its Chief Executive – Corporate Finance in 1999. He left in 2002 to found the Apace Group.
Didier is the founder of Apace Media and has led the implementation of its strategy of investments in Bulgaria. Over the last few years, Didier has acted as a consultant, in particular, on various EU projects in Bulgaria and has earned a Master of European Affairs at the prestigious French school ENA in Paris. In August 2012, Modern Times Group, the international entertainment broadcasting group (www.mtg.se) named Didier as CEO of Nova Broadcasting Group.
Martin Johnston is a chartered accountant who qualified with Deloitte Haskins & Sells. He worked in industrial companies for over twenty years and was first appointed to a board position in 1983, as finance director of Landis & Gyr Limited. In 1993 he joined Flight Refuelling Limited, the main operating company of Cobham plc, as finance director and in the following year he joined Servomex plc as group finance director and company secretary. Servomex was an industrial instrumentation group with a full listing on the London Stock Exchange. Martin left Servomex after five years when it was acquired by a larger UK group and joined FTV Group plc in August 2000. FTV became Apace Media plc in 2005.
Mr Vanderfelt is a highly experienced institutional investor with over 30 years experience as Managing Partner of Petercam, the leading independent Benelux investment bank, where he was in charge of Institutional Research and Sales. Mr Vanderfelt is an experienced fund investor and acts as a board director of several listed funds. He is a passionate proponent of good corporate governance and will help the Company ensure that it maintains best practice in its corporate governance. His current directorships include Renaissance U.S. Growth and Income Trust, Vinacapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund and Phaunos Timber Fund.