News - 09.03.2020

Iris Capital appoints new Managing Partner and executive team

Iris Capital is proud to announce the nomination of Julien-David Nitlech as Managing Partner. He joins the executive team alongside Erik de la Rivière, Marc Auberger and Curt Gunsenheimer.

Pierre de Fouquet and Antoine Garrigues, co-founders and former Managing Partners of Iris Capital, both leave the management and transition to positions of Senior Advisors.

This executive team will be leading the Franco-German VC through its next growth phase in Europe and beyond, supporting tech entrepreneurs.

Julien-David Nitlech joined Iris Capital in 2013 to lead early stage investments, primarily in France and Germany. His areas of interest are in cloud and mobile technologies, AI, platforms, enterprise software and robotics. He currently sits at the board of Shift Technology, Armis, Exotec, and manages investments in LeanIX and unu motors, among others.

Prior to joining the team, Julien-David launched and grew the European activities of Apperian, a US start-up that develops and markets a cloud-based mobile application management platform.

He started his career at Orange where he led various Strategic Partnerships roles in the USA and in France. He then headed Orange’s devices portfolio for international markets and contributed to establish the Orange and Deutsche Telecom joint venture, BuyIn.

Julien-David is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and Telecom ParisTech.


About Iris Capital

Iris Capital is a Franco-German VC specialized in the digital economy. Since 1986,  Iris Capital has fueled over 300 entrepreneurs at various stages of maturity, from early-stage to growth equity. With its deep sector specialization and extensive experience, as well as the backing of its corporate sponsors, Iris Capital provides active support to its portfolio companies, through its presence in Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Dubai.

The investor base of IrisNext, Iris Capital’s latest fund, includes industry leaders and financial institutions such as Orange, Publicis, Valeo, Bridgestone, Bpifrance and BRED Banque Populaire. Iris Capital investments include, among others, companies such as Adjust, Braincube, Careem, Exotec, Happycar, iAdvize, Jedox, Kyriba, LeanIX, Lumapps, Open-Xchange, Netatmo, Scality, Shift Technology, Studitemps, Talend, Virtuo and Yubo. For more information, visit