Blazar Capital was founded by senior ex-McKinsey leaders and entrepreneurs

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Executive team

Blazar Capital was founded by the two ex-McKinsey Associate Partners, youngest elected in EMEA. The founding partners bring deep functional expertise in marketing & sales as well as operations, combined with the multi-year knowledge of the consumer & retail industry and a successful history of launching and exiting startup businesses.

Christian Arnstedt

Christian Arnstedt

Founder & Managing Partner

Christian is a Founding Partner and oversees all key business activities at Blazar Capital. Previously he was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he led the work with consumer goods and services companies and was a co-leader of McKinsey Online Retail Service Line, focusing on marketing & sales as well as digital.

Christian holds an MSc in Finance from London School of Economics. His interests include alpine skiing, international politics, and hunting.

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Christian Arnstedt

Christian Arnstedt

Founder & Managing Partner

Responsibility

Christian is a Founding Partner and oversees all key business activities at Blazar Capital. This includes creation of ideas and concepts for the new portfolio companies, development of business plans behind them, and recruiting of management teams. He is also active in the daily operational work in the portfolio companies.

Experience

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

  • Partner dedicated to consumer goods/services with multiple years of consumer experience
  • Led projects to build and transform multiple consumer goods/services companies online and offline
  • Co-leader of McKinsey’s online retail service line
  • Extensive experience in Marketing & Sales and Digital

Previously on National Alpine Skiing team of Denmark

Startup founder experience in online retail with successful exit in less than 1 year

Education

MSc Finance, London School of Economics

BSc International Business, Copenhagen Business School (Completed in 1 year and 9 months as the fastest person ever)

Interests

Alpine skiing, tennis, and hunting

International politics

Denis Fedoryaev

Denis Fedoryaev

Founder & Managing Partner

Denis is a Founding Partner and oversees all key business activities at Blazar Capital. Previously he was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he led the Operations work across EMEA and was the Global Head of the McKinsey External Supply Service Line, focusing on supply chain, procurement, and manufacturing.

Denis holds an MSc in Advanced Economics and Finance from Copenhagen Business School. His interests include urban planning, graphic design, and long-distance running.

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Denis Fedoryaev

Denis Fedoryaev

Founder & Managing Partner

Responsibility

Denis is a Founding Partner and oversees all key business activities at Blazar Capital. This includes creation of ideas and concepts for the new portfolio companies, development of business plans behind them, and recruiting of management teams. He is also active in the daily operational work in the portfolio companies.

Experience

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

  • Partner dedicated to Operations practice, with focus on supply chain, procurement, and transformation programs
  • Multi-year experience in consumer products and retail as well as healthcare and pharmaceuticals
  • Head of Global McKinsey External Supply Service Line, leading work on third-party manufacturing, sourcing, and supplier management

Previously in Investment Banking (M&A, Consumer Products & Retail) at UBS in London

National and regional champion in Economics, Mathematics, and Physics in Russia

Education

Elite MSc Advanced Economics and Finance, Copenhagen Business School, GPA 12.0/12

BSc International Economic Relations, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), GPA 98/100%

Interests

Squash, long-distance running, and travelling

Graphic and industrial design, urban planning


Management of portfolio companies

Companies launched by Blazar Capital are managed by co-founders with distinctive backgrounds – successful entrepreneurs as well as senior leaders from top-tier professional services firms and global online ventures.

Morten Heick

Morten Heick

Co-founder & CEO, MESSYWEEKEND

Former investment banker and fintech entrepreneur, co-founder of CrediWire

Marc Østerskov

Marc Østerskov

Co-founder & CGO, MESSYWEEKEND

CMO with 12y+ of experience at leading global corporates and startups, from Coca-Cola to Miinto

Mads Peter Langhorn

Mads Peter Langhorn

Co-founder & CEO, Jamie Looks

Former BCG Principal with extensive experience in growth strategy, transformation, and digital

Philip Mourier

Philip Mourier

Co-founder & CGO, Jamie Looks

Entrepreneur, co-founder of Bioeffect, a leading beauty brand in Europe

Eric André

Eric André

Co-founder & CCO, Jamie Looks

Entrepreneur, former CEO of Tradono Switzerland, a leading second-hand shipping marketplace

Pascar Sivam

Pascar Sivam

Co-founder & CEO, Nordgreen

Ex-McKinsey project manager with engineering background

Vasilij Brandt

Vasilij Brandt

Co-founder & CGO, Nordgreen

Former Head of Growth at The Hut Group, the leading global eCommerce player


Advisory Board

Blazar Capital is advised by the expert panel that includes top ex-CEOs from global international businesses, managing partners of major PE/VC houses, and leading entrepreneurs who founded renowned startups. The Advisory Board supports Blazar Capital in launching and scaling of its ventures as well as key strategic activities.

Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen

Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen

Carlsberg, former CEO

Jørgen is a former CEO of Carlsberg, one of the largest brewing conglomerates globally. Currently he is a Chairman of the Board of Novozymes and holds board positions at a number of other companies.

Mikkel Vendelin Olesen

Mikkel Vendelin Olesen

Pandora, former CEO

Mikkel has been the key driver behind the global success of Pandora, having developed it to become the 3rd largest jewellery player in the world. Currently he is a Chairman of the Board of several consumer companies and an active investor.

Oliver Lederle

Oliver Lederle

MyToys Group, Founder & CEO

Oliver is one of the leading entrepreneurs in Europe, having created MyToys, one of the biggest online players in the toys category with sales of 600 EURm. Oliver has an in-depth expertise in German-speaking markets and scaling eCommerce businesses.

Tommy Ahlers

Tommy Ahlers

Serial entrepreneur, Founder of Podio and Zyb

Tommy is one of the most established Danish serial entrepreneurs who has created Podio and Zyb, exited at a combined 80 EURm. He is an active business angel in the Nordics startup scene and is a Chairman of the Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship.

Jakob Jønck

Jakob Jønck

Serial entrepreneur, Founder of Endomondo and Simple Feast

Jakob co-founded Endomondo and was the top management leader of MyFitnessPal - both exited to Under Armour at a combined 500 EURm - and most recently has founded Simple Feast where he is currently the CEO.

Juha Christensen

Juha Christensen

Serial entrepreneur, Founder of Cogniance and CloudMade

Juha is a leading Danish entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley, who has founded CloudMade, Cogniance, The Pad, and many other successful startups. Juha is a Vice Chairman of the Board of Bang & Olufsen and a Board Member at Netcompany and several other corporations.

Ulla Brockenhuus-Schack

Ulla Brockenhuus-Schack

SEED Capital, Founder and Managing Partner

Ulla has established the leading VC fund in Denmark, which has made 20+ successful exits and attracted 1+ EURbn in funding to its portfolio companies. Ulla led such prominent investments as Endomondo, Vivino, Trustpilot, and others; she holds board positions at a number of companies and foundations.


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