Message from Lenna Koszarny, Founding Partner & CEO of Horizon Capital
My dear partners and friends,
I wish I could be with you today. I am in Ukraine with my team, and could not be in New York at this time. Thank you from all of us at Horizon Capital for standing with Ukraine at this pivotal moment. Thank you to our incredible private equity community – to our investors who stand firmly with us, and fellow GPs who have reached out to me with your support. We feel it and are immensely grateful.
I was born in Canada and moved to Ukraine in 1993. What has kept me in the country for nearly 30 years is the people of Ukraine.
Today, the world has seen the character of the Ukrainian people – strong, brave, resilient and determined. They are sacrificing their lives to preserve freedom, human rights and dignity for their children. Ukraine has shown its soul to the world and the world has responded.
Forgive me for not being humble, never have I been as proud as I am today of Horizon Capital, our partners, and the 25,000-strong team that is our extended Horizon Capital family. They have ensured that critical infrastructure including the internet and banking sector remain operational. They have ensured that food and essential supplies get to people throughout the country including in temporarily-occupied territories. They are supporting humanitarian efforts to evacuate women and children and deliver aid throughout Ukraine. They have also made the ultimate sacrifice. Nine members of our extended family have given their lives to defend Ukraine during this brutal invasion.
Our motto is “one team, one dream” and never has this motto mattered as much as today. Our family includes our investors and partners, who have stood by our team, our companies and supported us in any way they can, including donating personally to causes in support of Ukraine.
As heartbreaking as this is, we remain strong and we remain determined. Ukraine will persevere, we will rebuild and rest assured that Horizon Capital will rise to this challenge.
Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer