New investment director motors in to private equity firm

Mark Howden

Private equity house LDC has added to its team in the Midlands with the appointment of Mark Howden as investment director.

Howden brings over 20 years’ experience to the firm and a diverse background spanning roles within industry and corporate finance, where he specialised in both M&A and restructuring.

He joins from Bentley Motors, where he was chief strategy officer responsible for development of its “Beyond100” corporate strategy, its restructuring programme and the business’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

As well at holding roles at EY, where he qualified as a chartered accountant, and financial advisory group Rothschild, he has also worked for Jaguar Land Rover. Here, he was responsible for the business’ €1bn greenfield investment in a manufacturing facility in Slovakia, and establishing its strategic alliances with Waymo and Lyft.

Richard Whitwell, head of LDC in the Midlands, said: “The Midlands is home to some of the country’s most dynamic and ambitious organisations, so we’re delighted to welcome Mark to the team as we continue to partner with management teams across the region to help them drive growth and navigate the challenges ahead.

“His proven expertise in both corporate finance and business strategy will play a key role in helping local businesses thrive.”

Howden added: “LDC’s Midlands team has an impressive track record in championing the region’s most inspiring business leaders. I’m looking forward to working closely with the team as we support the region’s growth and prosperity through this challenging time and well into the future.”