Bregal Freshstream has hired Lodewijk de Graauw for the newly created role of head of portfolio operations.

de Graauw joins from Bain & Company where he spent 14 years. He was most recently a partner and head of the firm’s EMEA turnaround practice.

During his time with the consultancy de Graauw worked on multi-year transformational plans for numerous private equity-backed companies. He was also a founding partner of Bain’s Perth office and a founding employee of its Indian capability centre.

In his new role de Graauw will work with management teams across Bregal Freshstream’s portfolio.

“Lodewijk has first-rate credentials in helping management teams across a variety of sectors and I have no doubt that he will prove to be an invaluable addition to our team as we seek to build on the strong momentum we have generated since our launch a little over two years ago,” said Bregal Freshstream managing partner Patrick Smulders.

“We have enjoyed a very busy and productive 2017, enter 2018 in a fantastic position with a good pipeline of opportunities and remain on the lookout for further key hires who share our values of trust, integrity, empathy, humility and respect.”

Bregal Freshstream focuses on mid-market deals in the UK and Benelux. Investing from its €600m debut fund, which was backed by Bregal Investments, the firm’s current portfolio includes coffee pods manufacturer Euro-Caps, handbag brand Radley and restaurant chain Lunch Garden.