General Atlantic Team

Our global team is dedicated to helping our portfolio companies become market leaders domestically, regionally, and globally.

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Andrew Crawford

Managing Director,
Global Head of Consumer
New York

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Andrew Crawford is a Managing Director and Global Head of General Atlantic’s Consumer sector. Andy serves on the firm’s Management Committee and is Chairman of the Portfolio Committee. Before joining General Atlantic in 2014, he was a senior member of Advent International’s investment team where he focused on the Retail & Consumer sector.

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Martín Escobari

Co-President,
Managing Director,
Head of Latin America
New York, São Paulo

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Martín Escobari is Co-President, Managing Director and Head of General Atlantic’s business in Latin America. Martín is Chairman of the firm’s Investment Committee and also serves on the Management and Portfolio Committees.

Before joining General Atlantic in 2012, Martín was a Managing Director at Advent International where he focused on the financial services sector. Prior to that, he was Co-Founder and CFO of Submarino.com, a leading Brazilian online retailer that went public on the Bovespa and was sold to Lojas Americanas in 2006. Martin started his career as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.

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Andrew Ferrer

Managing Director New York

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Andrew Ferrer is a Managing Director at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the Consumer sector. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2014, Andrew worked at Sycamore Partners, Warburg Pincus and Berkshire Partners, where he also focused primarily on consumer investments. Andrew started his career in the Private Equity Group at Goldman Sachs.

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Sandeep Naik

Managing Director,
Head of India & Southeast Asia
Mumbai

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Sandeep Naik is a Managing Director and Head of General Atlantic’s business in India & Southeast Asia. He is also a member of the firm’s Management and Portfolio Committees. Before joining General Atlantic in 2012, Sandeep served as a Partner and Co-Head of India for Apax, leading investments in the healthcare, financial and business services, and retail and consumer sectors. Earlier in his career, he was Global Marketing Manager at Medtronic Inc., a scientist at Mayo Clinic, and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He is also the Co-Founder of InfraScan Inc., a medical device business focused on detecting bleeding inside the brain using a handheld device. Sandeep was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and has served on the Global Agenda Council of New Order of Economic Thinking.

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Joern Nikolay

Managing Director,
Head of Munich
Munich

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Joern Nikolay is a Managing Director and leads General Atlantic’s business in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as part of the EMEA team. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2008, Joern was an Associate at TA Associates in London. Before that, he was a Case Team Leader at Bain & Company in Düsseldorf, and an Analyst at Morgan Stanley in Frankfurt.

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Shantanu Rastogi

Managing Director Mumbai

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Shantanu Rastogi is a Managing Director and focuses on investments in the firm’s Financial Services, Healthcare, and Consumer sectors in the India & Asia-Pacific region. He rejoined General Atlantic in 2013 after working at the firm from 2005 to 2007. Previously, Shantanu was a Principal at Apax Partners, and prior to that, he was a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company.

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Eric Zhang

Managing Director,
Head of China
Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai

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Eric Zhang is a Managing Director and Head of General Atlantic’s business in China. He is also a member of the firm’s Portfolio Committee. Before joining the firm in 2016, Eric was a Global Partner and Managing Director at The Carlyle Group from 2006 to 2016 where he focused on investments in Asia. Previously, he was Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at Credit Suisse in Hong Kong, and prior to that, he was a Vice President in the Investment Banking division at China International Capital Corporation Limited in Beijing.

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Rodrigo Catunda

Principal São Paulo

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Rodrigo Catunda is a Principal at General Atlantic and focuses on the firm’s investments across various sectors in Latin America. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2011, Rodrigo was an Investment Banking Associate at J.P. Morgan in São Paulo and New York, focused on Latin America.

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Luis Cervantes

Principal,
Head of Mexico Office
Mexico City

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Luis Cervantes is a Principal and leads General Atlantic’s Mexico City office, focusing on the firm’s growth investments in Mexico and across Latin America. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2013, Luis was an Associate at Advent International where he concentrated on investments across sectors in Latin America. Previously, he was an Investment Banking Analyst at UBS in the Latin American group based in Mexico City. Luis also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Universidad Iberoamericana.

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Shaw Joseph

Principal New York

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Shaw Joseph is a Principal at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the firm’s Consumer sector. Since joining General Atlantic in 2012, Shaw has also been active in the firm’s Technology sector. Before General Atlantic, he was an Associate with Hellman & Friedman. Shaw began his career at Greenhill & Co.

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Melis Kahya Akar

Principal,
Head of Consumer for EMEA
London

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Melis Kahya Akar is a Principal at General Atlantic and leads the firm’s Consumer investments across EMEA, in addition to focusing on investments in Turkey. Before joining General Atlantic in New York in 2015, Melis was a Vice President at TSG Consumer Partners where she focused on investments in the Retail and Consumer sectors. Previously, she was an Analyst in the Investment Banking division at J.P. Morgan where she concentrated on the consumer and retail sectors.

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Aparna Aiyar

Vice President London

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Aparna Aiyar is a Vice President at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the Consumer sector. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2017, Aparna worked for TSG Consumer Partners as a Senior Associate and UBS as an Analyst, Global Consumer Products & Retail Group.

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Samuel Lerer

Vice President New York

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Sam Lerer is a Vice President at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the firm’s Consumer sector. Since joining General Atlantic in 2013 through 2018, Sam focused on investments in the firm’s Technology sector. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Sam was an Investment Banking Analyst at Evercore Partners in the Telecommunications advisory group based in New York.

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Ben Sherman

Vice President New York

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Ben Sherman is a Vice President at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the firm’s Consumer sector. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2014, Ben was an Associate at Silver Lake. Prior to that, he was an Investment Banking Analyst at Greenhill & Co.

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Mei Shi

Vice President New York

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Mei Shi is a Vice President at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the firm’s Consumer sector. Prior to business school, Mei worked as an Associate at Silver Lake in New York focusing on technology investments. Earlier in her career, she was awarded the Benjamin A. Trustman fellowship by Harvard, through which she worked abroad in New Zealand and Ghana.

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Varun Talukdar

Vice President Mumbai

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Varun Talukdar is a Vice President at General Atlantic and focuses on the firm’s investments in the India & Asia-Pacific region. Before joining General Atlantic in 2013, Varun was an Investment Professional at Premji Invest where he concentrated on investments in the retail & consumer and education sectors. Prior to that, Varun worked with the Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy Estate in New York to manage and unwind its Indian private and public equity assets. He has also worked at Bayside Capital, the Miami-based credit investment arm of H.I.G. Capital, and in the Industrials Investment Banking division of Bank of America in New York.

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