Seraphim Space, the manager of Seraphim Space Investment Trust PLC (LSE:SSIT), has appointed Sir Richard Branson’s former chief investment adviser Andre Ronsoehr as investment director, effective immediately.
Ronsoehr worked for almost a decade at Virgin Management, Branson’s family office, where he co-led the seed investment in One Web in 2015 and early investments into Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit.
Seraphim said he has been appointed to help develop and build out the space investment portfolio.
Mark Boggett, chief executive officer of Seraphim Space, said: “We had a shortlist of one person for this new role at Seraphim Space and we are delighted that Andre has accepted the challenge. Andre’s experience in driving investment into OneWeb, Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbits and supporting their growth is second to none. The next phase of growth is underway in the space domain and Seraphim Space is at the forefront of discovering and investing in the brightest minds and smartest ideas which will provide trailblazing, high value solutions that disrupt, transform and improve life as we know it.”
Ronsoehr said: “As the leading global space tech investor with an outstanding track record and following their successful fundraising Seraphim Space is the right place at the right time for me. I can’t wait to continue working in the sector I am deeply passionate about and am very much looking forward to identifying new investments and helping these companies to become future champions with a view to positively transform the world and impact many people’s daily lives.”