Philippe von Stauffenberg, also known as "PVS", (born 1964) is a German businessman, residing in London, United Kingdom. He is the Managing Partner of Solidus Partners LLP, which he founded in 2004. Solidus Partners is a private equity firm, which makes investments in media and green technologies.
PVS was born in France and raised all over the world due to his parents being diplomats. He speaks German, English, Spanish and French fluently. He is married with 4 children
PVS holds a BA and MA in history from Harvard and earned a MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Career and business experience
von Stauffenberg started his career as a consultant at Bain & Company. Before founding Solidus Partners LLP, Mr. von Stauffenberg worked for the European arm of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst (HMTF) now known as HM Capital Partners in London for 5 years where he sourced, made investments and later often assumed a role as operational manager in the portfolio companies. He gained his buy-and-build experience as an entrepreneur when he bought and ran the companies Heitman Documentation Services and Borg (1995–1998) for which he left Warburg Pincus (1992–1995).
HMTF: Temic/Microtune, Media Capital, and EurotaxGlass, where he served as CEO from 2000–2002
Warburg Pincus: Danish Brands, Técnicas Reunidas Medioambientales, Luhns
Industry sector: Media
Between 2004 and 2008 PVS led two transactions in the media industry, investing in the German Klassik Radio franchise and developing the business to become the pre-eminent listed German Radio franchise. During 2005, Philippe also laid the foundations for the Mood Media transaction, where he led the financing and consolidation of the three European in-site media companies in a €130 m Buy& Build transaction. He served as Executive Chairman until July 2007. In 2010 PVS was instrumental in selling the company to Fluid Music, Canada, which then became Mood Media Corporation. PVS served both Klassik Radio and Mood Media Corporation as Vice Chairman. In September 2013 PVS became the Executive Chairman of Mood. At the end of 2014 PVS stepped down from this role and served as a director of the board until February 2016.
Industry sector: Green technologies
In 2010 Solidus Partners led the investor group that supported the management buy-out of Duales System Deutschland (Duales System Deutschland – Der Grüne Punkt). In February 2011 Mr von Stauffenberg became the Executive Chairman of the DSD board of directors. Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) is a leading provider of take-back systems. These include not only close-to-home collection and recovery of sales packages, but also recycling of used electrical and electronic equipment and of transport packages, facility waste disposal service and deposit clearing. The DSD subsidiary German Association for closed-loop economy and raw materials ("Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kreislaufwirtschaft und Rohstoffe mbH", DKR) belongs to Europe's largest raw material traders. PVS resigned from the board in mid 2014.
Since 2012 he is also a director of the UK company Valpak Limited, a provider of environmental compliance and data management services in the UK and internationally.