Mr. Mark Benn joined the Company in November 2022. He brings with him a wealth of experience in financial services, particularly with respect to governance, disciplined investment processes and asset management operations.
Previously he served for 13 years as CFO at Safanad, a private equity firm based in Dubai and New York, established in 2008 to challenge the traditional fee-based asset management model by being a principal-led investment firm. Mr. Benn joined at the firm’s inception and played a crucial role in the formulation of the firm's strategy, capital raising, balance sheet management and development of its asset management infrastructure.
Prior to Safanad, Mr. Benn was the CEO of Lydian Capital Advisors, a private investment firm managing US$3 billion of mainly healthcare assets in Europe and the US. He has also held executive finance and operations positions at various financial services, market data, and trading technology firms. Mr. Benn began his career at Deloitte & Touche in South Africa and the USA.
Mr. Benn has more than 25 year of professional experience and is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and holds a B. Com (Hons)/CTA from the University of Cape Town.