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General Atlantic announces promotions to managing director and principal


Greenwich, CT, October 1, 2007 – General Atlantic LLC (GA), a leading global growth equity firm, today announced the following promotions to managing director: Raul Rai and Sunish Sharma, both based in Mumbai; Oliver Thum, based in Düsseldorf; and Sean Tong, based in Hong Kong. In addition, the following individuals have been elected to principal: Gabriel Caillaux and Jan Hammer, both based in London; Jan-Daniel Neumann, based in Düsseldorf; and Alexander Chulack, Adrianna Ma and Brett Rochkind, all based in the United States.

These appointments reflect GA’s continuing commitment to build and expand its team of over 70 investment professionals worldwide and its strong view of continued investment opportunities globally. GA manages $15 billion in capital and invests about $2 billion annually in growth companies. Forty percent of GA’s investment professionals are based outside the United States, and 56 percent of the capital GA has deployed over the last five years has been invested outside the U.S.

“Each of these newly promoted individuals has made significant contributions to the firm by identifying attractive high growth investment opportunities and very importantly, delivering on our commitment to assist our companies with their strategic goals,” said William E. Ford, CEO of General Atlantic. “As a global growth investor with an active value-added approach, the quality of our people is a key differentiating factor. We are proud of this extraordinary group of professionals and congratulate them on this recognition of their excellent work.”

Raul Rai combines his experience in investment banking and operating roles to work with several of GA’s investments in India across industries. Mr. Rai joined GA’s Mumbai office in 2005 from UBS in New York, where he was a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Software Investment Banking. Prior to UBS, Mr. Rai was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in New York and London where he covered clients in the Telecom, Media and Technology industries. Mr. Rai received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1996, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar, and he graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Computer Science and Economics from Boston University in 1991.

Also based in Mumbai, Sunish Sharma has worked closely with a number of GA’s Indian and global portfolio companies across several sectors. He has served as a director of Sharekhan and serves as an alternate director on the boards of Hexaware, Infotech, and IBS. Prior to joining GA in January 2004, Mr. Sharma worked for McKinsey & Company for over 6 years. Mr. Sharma is a gold medalist from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, where he earned his MBA after graduating with honors from Delhi University.

Oliver Thum is based in GA’s Düsseldorf office focusing cross-industry in Europe with specific expertise in healthcare. Dr. Thum has worked closely with several of GA’s current and former portfolio companies including GWI, CompuGROUP and LHS. Prior to joining GA in 2001, he was a consultant with Bain & Company working with private equity clients. Dr. Thum holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University and a Master's degree in Economics from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany.

Based in GA's Hong Kong office, Sean Tong focuses on opportunities across the firm's sector areas in the Greater China region. He has worked closely with GA's public and private portfolio companies in China and serves on the board of WuXi Pharmatech. Before joining GA, Mr. Tong worked at Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York. Mr. Tong graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Gabriel Caillaux focuses on investments in the financial services, communications and business services sectors in Europe and is currently a director or board observer of several portfolio companies, including Saxo Bank and Global Collect. He joined GA in the firm’s London offi


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