Team of experts dedicated to performance

Our Team

The Swiss Food Group team gathers complementary expertise to support management
and companies in their development.

Nicolas Deriaz
Associate

Nicolas Boucault
Operating Partner

Board of Directors

Swiss Food Group benefits from an ecosystem favorable to develop challenging projects though an active Board of Directors. Board members have unique and complementary skills as well as a strong track record.

 

Adam Said
Chairman

Michele Novak Moser
Board Member

Benoît de Combaud
Board Member

Philippe Chevrier
Board Member

Xavier Robinot
Board member

Xavier Robinot – Board member

Mr. Robinot has nearly 20 years of experience in the fields of Corporate Finance and Private Equity, during which he led and executed several transactions in the food industry, including Picard Surgelés, Weetabix and Fruité-Teisseire.
Prior to joining the Swiss Food Group, Xavier was Executive Director at Kepler Corporate Finance, specializing in mergers and acquisitions for Swiss and European small & mid cap companies.
Xavier also benefits from a long-lasting international experience and a broad network in
the food industry.

Nicolas Boucault – Operating Partner

Mr. Boucault has more than 20 years of experience in mid & large cap companies in different sectors such as services, retail, franchises, wholesale, B2B, luxury and manufacturing. Nicolas has held various roles as CEO and CFO in companies held by private equity funds where he played a major role in the restructuration. He has excellent capabilities to define and implement a business strategy.

With his international experience, Nicolas has a global network of contacts in more than 35 countries.

Nicolas Deriaz – Corporate Development and Mergers & Acquisitions

Mr. Deriaz joined the Swiss Food Group in 2016. Nicolas specializes in food business transactions and actively participated in the construction of the group build-up strategy, working on the Pouly and Luigia deals.

Nicolas holds a Master's degree in Financial Engineering from the University of Lausanne.

Alexia Desbiolles – Intern

After a first experience in private banking, Alexia joined Swiss Food Group where she works on portfolio monitoring and screening of new Food & Beverage investment.

Alexia holds a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering from the University of Lausanne.

Adam Said – Chairman

Mr. Said is the chairman of the Board of the Swiss Food Group. He is also the co-founder and CEO of ACE & Company, an investment firm specializing in Private Equity, since 2005. Since founding ACE, he has overseen the execution of over 50 direct investment transactions and managed several public portfolios for investors.

During his tenure, Mr Said has overseen the growth of the company to over $1.1Bln in total assets run across its five offices globally. Mr Said previously worked at Unifund, a single-family office, and China International Capital Corporation. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor degree from Babson College. Mr Said is also the proud founder and board member of GVA2, an association promoting positive developments and projects in the Geneva region.

Michele Novak Moser – Board Member

Ms. Novak-Moser has more than 25 years of experience in project management, marketing, and event planning in the luxury food industry. Michèle has a rich experience thanks to the various positions she held, such as COO of Caviar House Prunier Switzerland, COO and GM of Balik.

Michèle has also led several projects, including the development of new restaurant concepts and new stores opening.

Claude Hauser – Board Member

Mr. Hauser was chairman of the Board of Directors of Migros, one of Switzerland’s two largest food retailers, for 12 years. He benefits from a rich experience in the food and retail sector as well as a valuable network.

In addition, Claude has board seats in many companies in Switzerland.

Benoît de Combaud – Board Member

Mr. De Combaud is the Founder and former executive chairman of Combagroup. Combagroup has developed an innovative production system that increases lettuce productivity by up to 10 times. Benoît led all the steps from concept definition to commercialization. He has negotiated and created two joint ventures with industry leaders in France and Switzerland. Combagroup has received the Venture Kick I, II and III awards.

Benoît is an engineer with both a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a particular appetite for new technologies. He also has an important network in the field of agriculture and agronomy.

Philippe Chevrier – Board Member

Mr. Chevrier is a 2 Michelin stars chef and a seasoned entrepreneur. Philippe has a rich experience in the catering and gastronomy sector. He has founded and managed many successful restaurants such as Domaine de Chateauvieux, Denise’s Art of Burger and
Chez Philippe.
Philippe also manages other companies in the restaurant, fine food and wine sectors.

He is known/recognized for his culinary skills, as displayed by his double Michelin stars and membership of Relais & Château.

His knowledge of cooking coupled with his seasoned entrepreneurial spirit allows Philippe to identify and exploit the most promising food trends.

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