Doug Emslie

Chair, Cuil Bay Capital


I have extensive experience in the exhibition industry, having held the role of CEO at Tarsus Group for over two decades. I led Tarsus through a delisting process in 2019 as it was taken private by Charterhouse with an enterprise value of £668m and a multiple of 17 times average EBITDA. We continued to grow the business via acquisitions and strategic expansion into emerging markets, and sold Tarsus to Informa in March 2023 for £755m, marking a successful exit for Charterhouse. Following the sale, I transitioned to an advisory role at Informa which I held until the end of 2023.

I currently chair Cuil Bay Capital, an investment vehicle, and Racoon Media Group, a high-growth media business.

I look forward to supporting PepTalks members with:

  1. Tackling the challenges of being a first-time PE-backed CEO
  2. International expansion and M&A
  3. Preparing the business for a successful trade sale

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