Team

Our expertise delivers results. We continue to build upon our 70+ years of combined experience in building, operating, financing, acquiring, and divesting digital infrastructure, telecoms, data centres, real estate and other businesses to build great companies alongside our management teams and co-investors.

Colm Piercy

Principal

Karen Butler

CFO

Connor Barry

COO

JC Caillere

VP Research & Investigations   

 

Carlos Gundersen

VP Financial Analysis & Operations

 

Colm is an entrepreneur and investor, founding
the Digiweb Group in 1997, Dataplex in 2011, and now through Chirisa manages interests in a number of telecom, technology and real estate investment
platforms across Europe and the US.

 

Colm holds an Engineering degree from the University of Limerick and was awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Industry, 2012.

 

Karen joined Chirisa in 2016 with over 15 years experience in a range of senior finance positions. Prior to joining Chirisa she held the position of Group Corporate Finance and Treasury Director with Ardagh, a fast paced global packaging business. She has extensive reporting, M&A, capital markets and treasury experience.

 

Karen holds a BA in Accounting and Finance and is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

 

Connor joined Chirisa in 2013 and leads M&A execution. He led the acquisition, restructuring and divestment of Viatel Europe. Connor has over 15 years TMT experience in senior roles with Google, Cisco and Ericsson. 

 

He holds an MBA from INSEAD, is a Chartered Management Accountant and is fluent in English, Arabic and French, and conversant in German and Italian.

 

Jean-Charles has deep sectoral experience across a range of technologies and businesses, and has worked with Chirisa and its investees for over 13 years in strategy development, M&A, and operations.  He leads the deal origination and due diligence activities of Chirisa. 

 

He holds an MBA from Smurfit School of Business and is fluent in French and English. 

 

Carlos joined Chirisa in 2015 with over 10 years experience in the investment industry, including private equity, hedge funds and asset management in London, Frankfurt, New York and Santiago.

 

Carlos holds a BSc. in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from INSEAD. He is a level II CFA candidate and is
fluent in Spanish, English and German.