Rhiannon Davies

Rhiannon Davies

Former COO, GrandVision N.V. and Co-Founding Partner, Atlantic Women’s Venture Fund

A native of New Brunswick, Rhiannon has over 22 years of experience as a leader in international business spanning Europe, Asia, South and North America. Rhiannon was the COO of GrandVision N.V., a CAD$ 5.5 Billion revenue retailer with businesses in 45 countries, and the Managing Director of the GrandVision Supply Company, a global subsidiary of GrandVision N.V.. She was a member of the Board of Directors that took the company through a successful IPO on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange in 2015. Previous to this role, she served as a VP in charge of Operations during the CAD$ 18 Billion sale and integration of international food manufacturer Royal Numico B.V., acquired by Groupe Danone. Rhiannon has driven the target identification, due diligence, acquisition, integration and move to profitability of five companies. She thrives in fast moving, fast growth environments, and has worked in executive and supervisory board roles in private, public and non-profit organizations.
 
Rhiannon believes in the need to support entrepreneurship and innovation to deliver meaningful change in business, community and social development.  She actively supports this belief by serving as a mentor and angel investor. Rhiannon recently returned to Canada to live in Halifax and is working with a group of women to build a venture fund in the region to promote diversity in the early-stage ecosystem.

Interactive session: Securing capital

Halifax Convention Centre

Receiving funding from an investor can be a gamechanger for a startup founder; it prolongs their runway, accelerates their development, and enables their team to grow. But more broadly, when local companies secure capital, especially in response to existing markets or emerging opportunities, it creates new jobs in the region, boosts income and drives the […]

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