Riaz Punja Non-Executive Director
Riaz has over 25 years of experience in private equity and finance. He was a founding member of Terra Firma Capital Partners ("TF") and an integral member of the team that raised TF's initial fund. TF was spun out of Nomura's Principal Finance Group in 2002. By 2008 TF had over £7.0 billion of equity under management. At TF he was a board member of portfolio businesses and a member of the Investment Committee.
Riaz had significant involvement in the origination, due diligence, negotiations and execution of selected transactions. He was also responsible for recruiting and managing the firm's forty plus professional staff.
Prior to Nomura Riaz worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in London and New York as well as Babcock International, Coopers and Lybrand and Arthur Andersen. Riaz holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and a Masters degree in marketing from Lancaster University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.