Our Team

Founding Partners

Yan d’Auriol
Guy d’Auriol

CEO & Founding Partner

Francois Tardan


Edward Lee

Prior to founding the Leitmotiv Group, they were both executive-directors of global supply chain manager Li & Fung – a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange – where they created and co-lead a new business stream, LF Beauty. They had founded CGroup in 1985 – which they grew over 20 years to become the number one sourcing company globally servicing the cosmetic industry.Previously, Yan d’Auriol established L’Oreal in Hong Kong and supervised the group’s first joint-venture in China. He remained as General Manager of L’Oreal Hong Kong until 1985.Guy d’Auriol had started his career in auditing, working for a French subsidiary of Deloitte. Prior to founding Leitmotiv Private Equity, Francois Tardan was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bureau Veritas, the world’s leading inspection, testing and verification company, since 1998. He was also previously President and CEO of Fondasol, a leading European geotechnical engineering firm. Francois Tardan holds an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) and graduated from Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), Paris. Edward Lee’s background is in private equity and auditing. Prior to becoming the CFO of Leitmotiv PE, he was an investment director with Citigroup Venture Capital International where he actively participated in private equity investments across Asia. His earlier career was with KPMG Hong Kong and Deloitte Singapore performing IT and financial audits. Edward Lee is a CFA charterholder and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.