Andrew Aitken has spent the most part of his career at RMB – initially four years in Leveraged Finance and 12 years later in RMB Ventures. He was recently appointed as Co-Head of RMB Ventures – spearheading one of the most successful private equity franchises in Southern Africa.

Andrew graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1996 with a BComm, Post- Graduate Diploma in Accounting. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA)(SA) and a CFA Charter holder. Before joining RMB, he spent two years overseas, working in Zurich and London. He also spent considerable time travelling in the US and South America.

Andrew joined RMB in 2001. He spent five years focusing on the South African, US, UK and European leveraged finance markets. He started the bank’s European Mezzanine business in 2005. Since 2006 he has had responsibility as a private equity transactor at RMB Ventures and has been involved in both the origination and exit of a number of transactions including Life Healthcare, Tracker, MCG Group, African Maritime Solutions, Bluff Meat Supply and Kamoso Distribution. He is a member of the FNB Mezzanine Committee and the RMB Investment Committee and represents RMB Ventures as a Board member on four portfolio companies.

In his spare time, Andrew spends as much time as he can with his wife, two children and three dogs. Andrew’s key passion is flying light aircraft and he holds a commercial pilot’s license. He also loves playing golf, trail running and spending time in the bush.

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