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Terra Firma COO departs

by The Drawdown 14 September 2018

The COO of private equity house Terra Firma has left the firm as it launches its sixth fundraise.

Trudy Cooke stepped down from her role to take up another job elsewhere, according to people familiar with the matter. Cooke’s next role has not yet been announced.

She joined the firm in 2015, making the move from Hogan Lovells where she served as a solicitor between 2000 and 2004, according to her Linkedin page. Cooke started her career at law firm Osborne Clarke.

Cooke’s departure comes at the same time the firm launched its sixth fund, which is eyeing up to $3.42bn, according to sister publication PEmap. It also closely follows Dominic Spiri’s exit from his role as CFO and Vivek Ahuja’s appointment.

The firm, which has seen a flurry of staffing changes in recent years, was launched by Guy Hands in 2002 after spinning out of Nomura. In August 2004, the firm made two of its most notable acquisitions, buying up Odeon and UCI Cinemas before picking up EMI in 2007. It lost £1.75bn when EMI was taken over by Citigroup in 2011 after financial difficulties.

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