KPS Europe

KPS Capital Partners Europe

KPS invests on a global basis.  We believe a critical component to KPS’ success is the integration of its global platform to enable the Firm’s investment professionals to manage investments on multiple continents.

KPS has achieved success in Europe, acquiring businesses or assets from some of Europe’s largest and most prestigious companies including:


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KPS has established a European Advisory Board of highly regarded senior executives including:

Germany:  Bernd Bohr, PhD

  • Dr. Bohr is currently Chairman of the Board of Governors of Aachen University, Chairman Supervisory Board of Ottobock Healthcare SE and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutz AG.  From 2003 to 2013 Dr. Bohr was Chairman of Bosch Automotive Group.  He also previously served as Board Member of Nippon ABS, Japan; as Non-Executive Director of Motor Industries, India and as Member of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG.

Germany:  Thomas Wuensche, PhD

  • Dr. Wuensche began working with KPS in 2015 and served as Chief Executive Officer of KPS portfolio company Chassis Brakes International Group (“CBI”), one of the world’s three largest manufacturers of automotive foundation brakes and foundation brake components. Prior to his tenure at CBI, Dr. Wuensche served as Chief Executive Officer of Benteler Automotive, a leading global automotive supplier of chassis & modules, structures, engine & exhaust systems and electro-mobility solutions. Prior to his tenure at Benteler Automotive, Dr. Wuensche served as Chief Executive Officer of Eberspächer Exhaust Technology. Dr. Wuensche also served as Chief Executive Officer of Edscha North America, a global market and innovation leader in hinge systems and convertible top systems. 

Germany:  Dr. h.c. Frank-Jürgen Weise

  • Dr. Weise is currently Chief Executive Officer of the charitable Hertie Foundation and is also the honorary President of one of the largest rescue services in Germany, the Johanniter Unfall Hilfe.  Previously, Dr. Weise served as Chairman of the German Armed Forces Structure Commission.  He was an Officer in active duty for 13 years and served as Deputy Regiment Commander in the rank of Colonel.  From 2004 to 2017 he was Chairman of the board of German Federal Employment Agency and was also Interim Head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.  Dr. Weise was also Co-Founder and CEO of Microlog Logistics. 

France:  Guy Maugis

  • Mr. Maugis is currently President of the French-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and member of the Board of Directors of Constellium.  From 2004-2015 he served as President of Robert Bosch France.

Italy:  John Magliana

  • Mr. Magliana previously served as a Director and Chairman on various Civic and Corporate Boards of Directors in the U.S. and Europe, and as Advisor to a number of Corporations, Financial and Government Institutions.  He also previously served as Assistant Director of International Activities at TRW Systems; CEO of Saab Scania N.A.; Managing Director and Chairman of Vestar Resources-Europe; and was President of DOC Generici.

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