What we do
We invest in sustainability platforms: large, established, private businesses that we believe have the potential to drive sustainability transformations in their industries.
Generation’s leadership in sustainable investing gives us the ability to identify the companies driving an industry’s system-level change. We harness the firm’s network and research capability to build views on markets and systems, and to qualify prospective investments.
Our rigorous, integrated investment process, flexible approach and one-firm culture set us apart in the private capital arena.
We take large minority or majority stakes in a small number of what we believe to be the highest-quality businesses that meet our criteria as sustainability platforms.
The way we deploy capital is distinctive, designed for long-term value creation and measurable impact with less risk.
*Generation seeks to deliver attractive returns, but there can be no guarantee this goal will be achieved.
We seek out those companies that can drive their sector’s progress on sustainability, while also delivering high growth. These are large, established, private, often technology-centric businesses that are deeply embedded in their industry’s value chain, enabling them to drive system-level change at scale.
Our current portfolio comprises two sustainability platform businesses, FNZ and Octopus Energy, that are demonstrating high growth, strong financial performance and measurable impact over the long term.
Our team has extensive experience in sustainable investing, finance, operations and impact measurement. We share a commitment to demonstrating the benefits of long-term, sustainable private investment for companies and investors.
John Bernstein joined Generation Investment Management in 2018 and is co-Head of the Private Equity strategy.
John has 25 years of growth and private equity experience. Previously, John was head of EMEA for General Atlantic, where he was a member of the global investment and executive committees. He also headed telecoms and technology investing for Advent International.
John serves on the boards of FNZ, Octopus Energy, Howden Insurance Group, the main board of The Nature Conservancy, and the NamibRand and ProNamib nature reserves in Namibia.
Tom Hodges joined Generation Investment Management in 2019 and is co-Head of the Private Equity strategy. Previously, Tom was a director at Providence Equity Partners, where he spent 11 years focused on late-stage growth equity and buyout/majority investing in telecoms, media and technology-related sectors across Europe and North America. Tom was also an analyst in mergers and acquisitions at Citi.
Tom received a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tom serves on the boards of FNZ and Octopus Energy. Previously, he was on the boards of Clarion Events, CloserStill Media, HSE24 and Volia Communications.
Yann Boyeldieu joined Generation Investment Management in 2023 and is a member of the Private Equity strategy. Previously, Yann worked as a private equity associate at BC Partners. Prior to this, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey.
Yann received a MS in Engineering from CentraleSupélec and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Madeleine Evans joined Generation Investment Management in 2022 as a member of the Growth Equity and Private Equity strategies. Previously, Madeleine was Head of Responsible Investment and ESG Advisory at Wallbrook following a career in private equity and mission-driven businesses.
Madeleine received dual bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research on impact investing received the UN Principles on Responsible Investment-Le Monde prize for responsible investment research and was published in the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment in 2013.
Andrew Given joined Generation Investment Management in 2019 and is a member of the Private Equity and Growth Equity strategies. Previously, Andrew worked at General Atlantic and as a partner at PwC in its deals advisory team. Andrew serves on the board of FNZ and chairs its Audit Committee.
Andrew received a master’s degree in Engineering from Cambridge University and is a qualified chartered accountant. He is a trustee of The Elizabeth Foundation, a charity focused on helping young deaf children to listen and talk.
Elisabeth Kuester joined Generation Investment Management in 2023 and is a member of the Private Equity strategy. Previously, Elisabeth was a venture capital investment associate at ETF Partners. Prior to this, she worked as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Elisabeth received a BSc in Accounting from Hampton University.
Johanna Miller joined Generation Investment Management in 2023 and is a member of the Private Equity strategy. Previously, Johanna was an executive director at Atairos.
Johanna received a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Chalmers University of Technology and a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Gothenburg.
Chris Ragona joined Generation Investment Management in 2023 and is a member of the Private Equity strategy. Previously, Chris was a managing director at Providence Equity Partners where he spent 15 years leading growth and private equity investments in media, communications and technology. Chris has also previously worked at the private equity firms GTCR and Oak Hill Capital, as well as McKinsey & Company.
Chris received a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chris has served as a director of businesses including EdgeConneX and Node4, within the last five years.
Lucia Rigo joined Generation Investment Management in 2017 and is a member of the Growth Equity strategy. She also works on the Private Equity strategy. Previously, Lucia was a vice president at General Atlantic and an analyst at UBS.
Lucia received a BA in Business Administration from Bocconi University. Lucia is a native Italian speaker.
Lucia serves as a board observer for Benevity and was on the board of Remitly.
Julia Symonette joined Generation Investment Management in 2022 and is a member of the Private Equity strategy. Previously, Julia worked in financial services, consulting and hospitality.
Julia received a BSc in International Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Surrey.
Hazelle Wang joined Generation Investment Management in 2021 and is a member of the Private Equity strategy. Previously, Hazelle was an associate in the UK advisory team at Barclays.
Hazelle received a master’s degree in Chemistry from Imperial College London.
Camilla Warner joined Generation Investment Management in 2020 and is a member of the Private Equity strategy. Previously, Camilla worked at Advent International covering the healthcare and business and financial services sectors, and at L.E.K. Consulting covering strategic and private equity clients.
Camilla received a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Oxford University.
Zindzi Wiles joined Generation Investment Management in 2018 and supports the Private Equity and Growth Equity strategies. Previously, Zindzi worked at Warburg Pincus and a private family office.
Zindzi received a BA in Drama and Performance Studies from London South Bank University.