Philippe de Lapérouse
Philippe de Lapérouse is Director of HighQuest Partners’ Global Food and Agribusiness Practice and St. Louis, Missouri office. He has more than 20 years experience in senior leadership positions with global companies in the agro-industrial and value-added food chain as well as in private equity investing. Prior to joining High Quest Partners, Mr. de Lapérouse was a Principal at Vanikoro Advisory LLC where he advised clients on their financial and global expansion strategies.
Previously, as Director of Business Development for Bunge North America, Inc., the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), he was responsible for the company’s efforts to expand its industrial operations into Mexico and the Caribbean Basin, biotech and e-commerce initiatives and public relations/corporate communications (before and after Bunge’s successful IPO in 2001). Mr. de Lapérouse was also associated with the Fund for Large Enterprises in Russia (FLER), a private equity fund investing in Russian enterprises and joint ventures with Western companies, where he was responsible for the firm’s flagship Moscow office and overseeing investment activity, and Ralston Purina International (industrial and consumer packaged goods), where he held senior line management positions in both the United States and Europe.Mr. de Lapérouse received an M.B.A. degree from The Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and a B.A. degree from Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut.