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Steven Pearson

Chief Executive Officer
Steven Pearson

Steven joined Topcast in April 2020 as Chief Executive Officer and started his leadership in the strategic development of the organization for increasing the service offering to our stable and long-tenured base of suppliers and customers, and growing the business in Asia-Pacific and beyond. 

Steven is a seasoned veteran in the aviation industry with more than 20 years of global commercial aerospace experience, across the OEM, aftermarket, and MRO sectors. 

Prior to joining Topcast, Steven was the Executive Director of Europe Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where he was responsible for leading and coordinating all activities related to commercial aircraft and services sales, including customer relationship management for key Boeing customers. He also worked as the Managing Director for Boeing Global Services in Europe, and the Managing Director for Global Material Sales in Boeing. Before that, Steven served as Managing Director, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East at Aviall, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing specializing in aerospace distribution. 

Throughout his career, Steven held various leadership positions in technical, sales, operations, engineering, and marketing functions across commercial, defense, general and business aviation, and MRO services. 

Qualifications 

Steven holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa. 

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Alex Emery

Non-executive Director
Alex Emery

As a Partner at Permira, Alex is Chairman of Asia. He joined the London office in 2002 and moved to Tokyo to establish Permira’s Japanese presence in 2005, which he led until the end of 2010. Alex has worked on numerous transactions including ABS, Akindo Sushiro, Arysta LifeScience, Cortefiel, Galaxy Entertainment Group, I-MED, Grobest, John Masters Organics, Magento, New Look and Tricor.

Prior to joining Permira, Alex spent five years at McKinsey & Company in London. He was previously at Braxton Associates and began his career at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A French national, Alex has lived in Asia for over 30 years and is a fluent Japanese speaker.

Qualifications

He majored in Political Science and East Asia Studies at Yale University and holds a Master’s degree in European Politics from the College of Europe, Belgium. He also has an MBA from Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University.

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Chenxing Yu

Non-executive Director
Chenxing Yu

As a member of Permira’s Services team, Chenxing focuses on investment opportunities across all sectors. He has worked on a number of transactions including English First Kids & Teens, Full Truck Alliance and Topcast.

Prior to joining Permira, Chenxing worked for The Abraaj Group for one year, investing in middle-market buyouts across southeast Asia.

Qualifications

Chenxing holds a degree in Economics from University of Cambridge, England, and has a Master of Finance from MIT Sloan School of Management, USA.

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Marco Persico

Non-executive Director
Marco Persico

Marco is a Principal in Permira’s Services team.Marco focuses on investment opportunities in the Services sector. He has worked on a number of transactions including Full Truck Alliance, Grobest, and Topcast. Marco is a member of the ESG Group. Marco worked in Permira’s New York office before relocating to Hong Kong. Before that he spent two years with Credit Suisse in the Financial Sponsors group.

Qualifications

Marco holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University, USA, and has an MBA from Harvard Business School, USA.

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