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Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors ranging from mobile telephony, travel, financial services, leisure, music, holidays and health & wellness.

Virgin employs more than 50,000 people around the world, operating in over 50 countries. Global branded revenues of £15bn ($24bn) in 2012. Below you can find information on Virgin's Senior Investment Team.

If you’d like to know more about the Virgin Group you should check out Our Story for the official account of our rise from a small mail order record company to the global brand we are today.

Josh Bayliss - CEO Virgin Group

Josh is CEO of the Virgin Group and is responsible for the management of the Group’s capital investments and the Virgin brand. 

Josh has been with Virgin since 2005, previously serving as the Group’s General Counsel before taking on the CEO role in 2011. He has extensive experience as a director of a large number of companies across the Virgin Group globally in sectors ranging from aviation & travel, health & wellness, media/mobile, financial services and renewable energy. 

Josh was previously a Senior Associate at leading international law firm Slaughter and May from 1999 to 2005.

Josh holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Peter Norris - Chairman Virgin Group

Peter  is the Chairman of the Virgin Group and prior to this he acted as an adviser to the Group from 1996.

Peter has over 35 years' experience in investment banking and business management. He began his career at Barings in 1976 before joining Goldman Sachs in 1984, returning to Barings in 1987 to head South East Asian advisory operations. Having returned to London in 1992, in 1994 he became CEO of Barings Investment Banking Group. Three months after his appointment, the notorious derivatives trading scandal in Singapore was revealed, which brought down the bank.

From 1995, Peter established a corporate finance business which in 2007 he merged with Quayle Munro Holdings Plc, an AIM listed merchant banking company and became the CEO of the combined entity. He served in this capacity until the end of 2009, when he resigned his executive position to take the role of Chairman of Virgin Group. Peter remains a senior adviser to Quayle Munro.

Peter graduated in Modern History and Modern Language in 1976, from Magdalen College, Oxford

Gordon McCallum - Senior Partner

Gordon joined in 1998 and during his initial years with Virgin, he was heavily involved in the establishment of the Group’s banking and mobile phone businesses and, more recently, in Virgin Money's transformational acquisition of Northern Rock and the impending sale of Virgin Media to Liberty Global at a £15bn valuation, achieving a 22x return on Virgin's initial investment. 

Gordon supervises the teams managing the Group’s investments in the Telecoms & Media & Financial Services and he also continues to be heavily involved with the Group’s overall strategic development. He is a non-executive Director of several Virgin businesses, including Virgin Media in the UK, Virgin Money and Virgin Enterprises (the owner of the Virgin trademark).

Previously, Gordon spent several years working as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. in the U.S (1990-1995), and as an investment banker for Baring Brothers in London and Asia (1983-1987).

 

Gordon holds an MA from Oxford University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Patrick McCall - Senior Partner

Patrick is a Senior Partner of the Virgin Group and currently holds board positions with Virgin Active, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Care, Virgin Trains and Virgin Unite.

Patrick started his career at SG Warburg in 1987 and during his 10 years there he became a director and worked in a number of departments including: equity research, equity capital markets, M&A, structured finance and project finance. In 1997 he joined Virgin Rail where he was a member of the company’s executive team.  He was responsible for negotiating the £2bn contract with Railtrack to upgrade the West Coast Mainline and the £2bn project to replace the company’s train fleets with new high speed tilting trains.

At Virgin Group Patrick has led the group’s investments in a large number of companies. These include Virgin Active  (in 15 years the company has grown from a start up to the world’s largest health club operator), Virgin Rail, Virgin Blue (IPO valued the company at £1bn after just 3 years of operations), Virgin Mobile US (valued $1.3bn at IPO), Virgin Galactic, Trainline and Virgin Money (the UKs leading challenger bank). 

Toby Coppel - Partner

Toby is an Investment Partner of the Virgin Group.

Toby has a strong track record of principal investing in growth companies and strong operational experience. Prior to joining Virgin, Toby was with Yahoo!, where he was a member of the executive team that grew the company from $700m to $7bn in revenues from 2001-2007.  As Chief Strategy Office and SVP Corporate Development, he deployed ~$5bn in acquisitions and investments. Toby was also Managing Director of Yahoo! Europe/Canada from 2007-2009, a division with ~$1bn revenues and 2,000 people.

Prior to Yahoo!, Toby was a co-founder of Windsor Media, a private investment firm that he started with Terry Semel, former Chairman/CEO of Warner Bros and Yahoo!.  Toby also held principal investment and client advisory positions with Allen & Company and Goldman Sachs.   

Evan Lovell - Partner

Evan is an Investment Partner of the Virgin Group and a Founding Partner of Virgin Green Fund.

Evan is a seasoned private equity investor having invested over $450 million in the past 15 years. He serves on the boards of a number of Virgin portfolio companies and VGF I portfolio companies.

Prior to Virgin, Evan was an investment professional with TPG where he focused on energy, resources, consumer and retail and was a partner in TPG’s Aqua Fund, which focused on growth capital investments in the water and renewable energy sectors in emerging markets. 

Prior to joining TPG, Evan was Director of International Development for Culligan Water Technologies when it was owned by Apollo Global Management and Assistant to the Chairman for International Development at Astrum International, the holding company for Samsonite and American Tourister Luggage, Botany 500 Menswear, Culligan Water, Anvil Knitwear, and Pet Specialties also owned by Apollo. 

JP Moorhead - CFO/Partner

JP is CFO of the Virgin Group and responsible for the Group’s overall financial and risk positions as well as tax, treasury and certain portfolio matters.

JP joined Virgin in 2005 in a portfolio management capacity and assumed his current role in 2011.  He has served as a director of various Virgin Group companies including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Rail, Virgin Limited Edition and various Group holding companies.

Prior to joining Virgin, JP spent eight years at Goldman Sachs in London and Sydney where he worked on a broad range of strategic advisory, M&A and capital markets transactions .

JP graduated in Engineering from Trinity College, Cambridge

Keith Roberts - Partner

Keith is head of Corporate Development and Strategy for Virgin Group, and Commercial Director for Virgin Enterprises, responsible for licencing the Virgin brand.

Keith has been with Virgin since 2009, and prior to taking his current roles in 2011 ran Virgin Group’s Sydney office and has served as a director of Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic and Air Asia X.

Previously Keith was at Bain and Co, a global management consulting firm, for 9 years working with telecommunications, consumer goods, airline, transportation, financial services and private equity companies in Australia, NZ, South Africa, the US and Latin America.  

Keith holds a Master of Commerce from the University of Auckland, and Bachelor of Commerce from Massey University, New Zealand.

Peter Stephens - Partner

Peter is an Investment Partner of the Virgin Group. 

Peter is responsible for the development and expansion of Virgin’s media and telecom interests across the world and he is on the boards of Virgin Mobile: LATAM, India, Chile, South Africa, MENA & CEE and he works closely with the management teams of Virgin’s other media and telecom interests globally.

Peter has over 18 years’ experience working closely with global media and telecom companies at various stages of development. He is responsible for creating new business ventures for Virgin and guiding their initial development, with a particular focus on building out Virgin’s interests in the T&M sector across pay television, telephony, broadcast TV, internet/social media, etc.

Prior to joining Virgin in 2009, Peter was a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London. He also previously worked in Media & Telecom Investment Banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette/CSFB in London as well as at Salomon Brothers in New York and London. 

Shai Weiss - Partner

Shai is an Investment Partner of the Virgin Group and a Founding Partner of Virgin Green Fund. 

Shai has extensive private equity, operational and financial expertise gained in a number of senior executive roles with businesses operating in the media and cable industries. He serves on the boards of a number of Virgin Group  and VGF I portfolio companies.

Prior to Virgin, Shai was with ntl:Telewest (now known as Virgin Media), the UK’s and Europe’s largest cable operator where he was part of the turn-around of ntl with the stock increasing fivefold in 2003.  Shai was also behind the merger between Virgin Mobile UK and ntl:Telewest and the re-brand to Virgin Media.  At ntl Shai was Managing Director of Consumer Products, responsible for the development and delivery of Internet, telephone and TV for the consumer division, and also the Integration Director for the merger between ntl and Telewest. 

Prior to ntl, Shai established the European office of JVP and was a member of Morgan Stanley's hi-tech mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance teams.

Jean Oelwang - Partner

Jean Oelwang is the CEO of Virgin Unite, the entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group.  In 2003, Jean left her post as joint CEO of Virgin Mobile Australia to begin working with Richard Branson and the Virgin staff from around the world to create Virgin Unite. Over the last 10 years, Jean has worked with partners to create new approaches to social and environmental issues, such as the Branson Centres of Entrepreneurship and a global platform to support budding entrepreneurs. She has helped incubate a number of global leadership initiatives such as The Elders, the Carbon War Room and The B Team. In addition, Jean has been instrumental in working with Virgin’s businesses and others worldwide to put driving positive change at their core.

In her previous life, Jean lived and worked on five continents helping to lead successful mobile phone start-ups in South Africa, Columbia, Bulgaria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and the US. Jean has long explored the overlap of the business and social sectors and has been involved in both, having worked for the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife in Australia, and in numerous volunteer roles, including a stint as a VISTA volunteer where she worked with – and learned from - homeless teens in Chicago.

She sits on the Advisory Council for The Elders and the Boards of the Carbon War Room, the B Team and Just Capital.

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