Kartesia’s 2017 Offsite Day was a little bit special. It may have taken place in the southern French village of Collioure, but there were no dips in the sea or suntan sessions. Instead, military fatigues and army boots were the order of the day. All the Kartesia team members went on a four-day course provided by St-Cyr Executive Education at a military base. Focusing on team efficiency and leadership skills, the course included simulation challenges with gradually increasing complexity, with close monitoring by an ex-military mentor.
On 15 September, the whole Kartesia team gathered at the Brussels office to kickstart the new academic year with the first-ever Kartesia Procedures Day. As the group grows – seven new people joined the team in 2017 and new offices are opening in Paris, Madrid and Frankfurt – ensuring efficient coordination across all the offices and amongst all the team members is an increasing challenge.
- On 17 October, Kartesia welcomed its Limited Partners at Cercle de Lorraine in Brussels to discuss KCO III and KCO IV performances and provide market and deal flow updates. Guest speakers included Hans Bever, Chief Economist at Degroof Petercam, and Cyril Fournier-Montjieux, President of Babcok Wanson.
- The Kartesia Christmas Party will take place on 14th December in Paris.
For its 2017 project, Belgian non-profit Dance4Children has teamed up with Caméléon, an international solidarity association with the goal of helping abused and disadvantaged children in the Philippines. To help their endeavours, Kartesia made a donation earlier this year to finance 50 school kits, which include essentials such as a backpack, notebooks and pencils.
Offiste in Croatia
This year the Kartesia Offsite Day took place in Rovinj, Croatia, the hometown of Tina Milanovic (Office Manager of the Brussels office). This event gathered all the Kartesia team members from the Brussels, London and Luxembourg office. Over three days, the 17 team members talked about Kartesia’s plans and ambitions for the future, whilst enjoying the warm weather and beautiful surroundings.
In 2016, Frantz Paulus joined Kartesia as Head of Investor Relations. Frantz has extensive experience in audit and private equity, having successively worked as Senior Manager at PWC for five years and Investment Director at Credit Agricole Private Equity for seven years, during which time he invested in buyout and growth capital transactions across Europe.