Business Advisory Council: Member Profile

GERARD LOPEZ

Managing Partner
Mangrove Capital Partners
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Gerard pursued a double major of management information systems and operational management at Miami University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree.

A serial entrepreneur, Gerard first founded Icon Solutions, an early web services provider in the United States. Subsequently he has launched a high-end automotive leasing firm in Europe's Low Countries, organized and managed a large technological team within Arthur Andersen, taken a European TV provider into the digital age and co-founded Mangrove Capital Partners, an investment firm headquartered in Luxembourg.

Mangrove is active in various private equity classes, ranging from early-stage technology to real estate investments through a series of proprietary funds. The firm discovered and became a key investor in companies such as Skype, SecureWave and Convergex.

After serving as CEO of SecureWave, a security software company with customers worldwide, Gerard is now its Chairman of the Board. He is also a board member of several technology firms, including Primesphere, Quickcom and Pulpsport. Gerard is an administrator for commercial real estate group DTZ Luxembourg, as well as a partner in a real estate development company.

Gerard is a contributor to a series of think tanks on technological innovation and continues to demonstrate to Europeans that there is a different career path – entrepreneurship.