Vision Ventures Appoints Chris Yates

Independent M&A advisory firm Vision Ventures announced an expansion of their team, with the appointment of Chris Yates to the role of director within the company. In the new position Dr Yates will support corporate transactions for both buy and sell side client projects, working in tandem with the existing team. This appointment further strengthens the capability and breadth of Vision Ventures to address the increasing strategic interest in vision tech from many sectors and industry verticals.

Dr Chris Yates (Source: private)

Previously, Yates held the role of director, advanced technology at Rockwell Automation within the safety & sensing business, with responsibility for strategic technology development and partnerships. This position followed the acquisition of Odos Imaging in late 2017, where he was founder and CEO since incorporation in 2010. Yates is also the current president of the European Machine Vision Association, a not-for-profit association representing over 125 members in the vision tech sector, having served on their board of directors since 2018.

Commenting on the appointment, founder and managing partner of Vision Ventures, Gabriele Jansen said “We are delighted to welcome Chris to Vision Ventures. He brings a wealth of experience and technical knowledge to the team, which will both complement and extend our capability to generate tangible results for our clients. Vision Ventures has always provided a deep, in-depth knowledge of the vision sector, which will only be enhanced by this appointment.”

Yates added, “I am excited to be working again with Gabriele and the team. As a successful previous client of Vision Ventures, I understand the level of professionalism they bring to each project and their dedication in ensuring the optimal outcome for the client. I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute in the same way for other corporate transactions and play my part in the continued evolution of this most innovative and fast-moving sector.”

Vision Ventures offers end-to-end management of sell-side and buy-side M&A, with successful transactions underpinned by detailed market insights coupled to deep technical expertise and an extensive global network of key players. Vision Ventures supports companies and investors in the development of strategy, preparation and management of company transactions, enterprise valuations, and due diligence activities, based on long-term experience in the highly innovative and rapidly growing vision sector. (Source: Vision Ventures)

Link: Vision Ventures GmbH & Co KG, Heppenheim, Germany

Further reading: EMVA Elects New President,, 24th December 2019

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