Vincent Le Guennou is a founding partner and co-CEO of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), a pioneer and leading private equity firm in Africa. As Co-CEO, Mr. Le Guennou implements ECP’s investment strategy and manages relationships with shareholders and portfolio companies. He serves on ECP’s Executive Committee and on the Funds’ investment committees.
Since 2000, ECP has made more than 60 investments, representing nearly $3.2 billion in development capital, and nearly 50 exits in 44 countries across the continent in various sectors of activity (telecom, finance, consumer, energy, water, education, etc.). With 4 offices in Africa, ECP is involved in the emergence of regional champions to foster transformative and sustainable growth on the continent.
Before founding ECP in 2000, Mr. Le Guennou worked for six years in the international department of the Saur Group, a subsidiary of the Bouygues Group specializing in water and electricity distribution and wastewater treatment.
Mr. Le Guennou notably served as Chief Financial Officer of Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Electricité in Côte d’Ivoire, one of the country’s largest companies listed on the regional stock exchange. Mr. Le Guennou has served on the boards of various African companies, including Charaf Corporation (Morocco), All Africa Airways (Mauritius), Air Ivoire (Côte d’Ivoire), Société Internationale de Plantations d’Hévéas (SIPH) (West Africa), Veolia Water Maroc (Morocco), Continental Reinsurance (Nigeria), Eranove (West Africa), Général Assurance Méditerranéenne (Algeria), Société d’Articles Hygiéniques (SAH) (Tunisia), Oragroup (West and Central Africa), and Maarifa Education (East Africa).
Mr. Le Guennou began his career in 1989 in Arthur Andersen’s Paris office, where he became Senior Auditor in the Banking and Capital Markets Division. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Université de Paris Dauphine. He is a graduate of l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris (HEC Paris).