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Management Team

CEO, Management board member

Dr. Stefan Petrikovics

Stefan is the founder & CEO of SMG Holding, as well as founder & CEO of the SMG Recovery Platform. Over his career, Stefan completed in excess of EUR 5bn of transactions.

2019 - ongoing
Founder & CEO of SMG Holding
SMG Holding is a private tech-enabled investment firm with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin and Luxembourg.
2013 - 2019
Principal at TPG
Responsibilities for sourcing and execution across Europe.
2008 - 2013
Morgan Stanley
— University of Vienna
— Vienna University of Economics and Business
PhD in Law
Theodor Körner Award (awarded by the Austrian president for academic excellence)

CFO, Management board member

George Aase

George is an experienced CFO and non-executive board member in publicly traded real estate firms, having served in listed businesses, under private equity & sovereign wealth ownership.

2018 - present
Chairman of Nepi Rockcastle
Amsterdam/Johannesburg listed commercial real estate developer / operator across Europe.
2011 – 2018
Chief Financial Officer of P3 Logistics Parks
Pan-European developer and operator of large-scale warehouse assets.
2006 – 2010
Chief Financial Officer of Züblin Immobilien
Swiss listed Western European real estate group.
Prior to 2006
Various corporate finance leadership roles in large-cap, listed businesses across multiple sectors.
1984, started career at Price Waterhouse
1984, Florida State University – BS accounting
2004, Stanford University Executive Management program

COO, Management board member

Liam Doyle

Experienced lodging COO and board member with a track record of validating and converting sites and implement change to develop platforms.

2020 - Present
Principal of Doyle Investments GmbH
advising and investing in real estate and associated businesses.
2018 - 2020
COO of A&O Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Led operations in development of guest satisfaction, opening new locations and increasing profitability.
2017 – 2018
COO of Selina
Led a transforming operation to develop a scalable tech-enabled platform with multiple integrated products. Grew from 8 to 24 sites.
2014 - 2017
Managing Director of Clink
Opened new jurisdictions, developed a pipeline for scaling in Europe and drove bottom line results.
Senior leadership and commercial roles in Ardagh House, ESG, Lidl and Aldi. Delivered improved performance and higher customer satisfaction.

Chief Compliance & Audit Officer, Management board member

Werner Weynand

Seasoned audit and compliance expert, having been with EY for more than three decades.

1984 – 2018
Ernst & Young
2010 – 2018
Chairman of the board at EY Luxembourg
1999 – 2018
Head of Audit EY Luxembourg
1995 – 2018
Graduated as commercial engineer from the HEC Liège.

Management board member

René Geppert

René brings expertise in all aspects of real estate transactions. René is an experienced private equity real estate investor with 13+ years of successful execution track record.

2021 – Present
SMG Holding
2018 – 2021
Head of Underwriting and Transaction, CONREN Land, Frankfurt/Main
2013 – 2017
Director, Chenavari Investment Managers, London
2009 – 2012
Associate, Morgan Stanley, Frankfurt/Main
He holds an MBA from the University of Mannheim.

Supervisory Board

Chairman, Supervisory Board member

Anand Tejani

Experienced investor having completed over EUR 25bn of transactions across various asset classes and geographies.

2006 - 2019
Partner of TPG Capital
where he helped build TPG’s Real Estate business into a $10bn AUM business, serving on the investment committee and TPG’s European Executive Committee.
1999 - 2005
Director at Lion Capital LLP
formerly Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst.
Mr Tejani previously worked at Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in London and Morgan Stanley’s Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring Department in New York. Served on a number of corporate boards and operating committees, including for P3 Logistics Parks, TriGranit, Merin B.V., Cushman and Wakefield plc and A&O Hotels and Hostels.
A.B. Degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College, where he was a John Harvard Scholar.

Supervisory Board member

Paul Johnson

Accomplished Hotel CEO and Director of a listed hotel group. Finalist in E&Y Entrepreneur of The Year.

2016 – Present
Principal of Roupell Advisory Ltd
providing advisory services for European Hotel Investors.
2016 - 2019
Non Executive Director NH Hotel Group SA.
Member of the Executive Committee.
2001 - 2016
Founder and CEO of Kew Green Hotels Ltd.
Led start up and through acquisitions grew to 54 hotels, before a sale for c.Eu600m.
Senior Commercial positions for Welcome Break Group, Budget Rent a Car, Radisson Edwardian Hotels and Hilton International.

Chief Risk Officer

Benoit de Belder

Seasoned risk manager, having been with NN Investment Partners (now Goldman Sachs) for more than 20 years, with a focus on regulatory compliance and risk management.

1999 – 2018
NN Investment Partners
2010 – 2018
Board member Fund Boards
(EUR 45bn AuM)
2010 – 2018
Head of Investment Risk
Graduated from IAG – Catholic University of Louvain.