John Behrendt
Head of Principal Investments
John manages Eight Roads’ portfolio companies and acts as an intermediary between the two. Using his own long experience as a CEO he advises companies on raising funds, equity schemes, growth strategies and acquisitions. He also supports management teams on operational matters, helping navigate challenges and opportunities.

What do you like about your job? 

I enjoy coaching executive teams and being able to share some of the experiences I’ve had over my career so far. 

What’s been the steepest learning curve of your career so far? 

Managing an exit process during a time of material moves in the market. 

Which sector or sub-sector do you feel particularly enthused about right now and why? 

Healthcare. The demands are increasing with an ageing population and it’s very satisfying to know you are helping people enhance the quality of their lives. 

How would you describe the culture and team at Eight Roads? 

It is an open and collaborative environment with strong values. People might not talk about the values directly but they are evident every day in the way people treat each other and our management teams. 

If you could give one piece of advice to your 20-year-old self, what would it be?

Have the courage of your convictions.