Top 30 LPs Investing In Private Equity
Private equity is inherently risky due to its long fund duration and a general dearth of quantitative metrics. The return prospect can be largely affected by manager selection, global economics and industry climate. This list highlights 30 shrewd investment professionals who manage multi-billion-dollar investment portfolios for some of the biggest LPs in the world and have built successful portfolios that have stood the test of time. Gain insights from institutional investors allocating to private equity at Trusted Insight Alpha Conference 2017.
Dale Hunt is managing director of private equity at Ascension Investment Management. Prior to joining Ascension Investment Management, she served as Chief Investment Officer at the West Virginia University Foundation, managing director, global private placements at ABN AMRO and NatWest Markets and held a number of senior investment banking positions at S.G. Warburg, Prudential Securities and Smith Barney. She began her career on Wall Street in 1978, and has spent over 20 years focusing on private markets. Hunt holds a B.A. in liberal arts from Boston College and an MBA from Pace University.
David Chiang is the Managing Director at Soros family office, and is responsible for leading global PE fund investing activities. Prior to joining Soros, he was the managing director of Wilshire Associates and principal of ACON Investments.
Douglas Londal joined MSD as a partner and head of private equity group in September 2015. Previously Londal was the president and COO of New Mountain Capital, LLC, where he helped grow the firm over ten years from a single private equity fund with $770 million of AUM to a multi-strategy alternative asset manager with $15 billion of AUM. Before that, he spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs. Londal received his B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan in 1987 and his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1991.
Jim Millar joined PRINCO in 2008 to lead its private equity investments. He previously spent 25 years in the venture capital sector, investing in early-stage technology companies. Millar formerly served as chairman and president of the Mid-Atlantic Capital Alliance and is a former member of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies board of governors. He began his career as a systems engineer. He received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, and a B.S. in engineering from Yale University.
Chris Girgenti joined Pritzker Group Venture Capital in 1996 and has served as its Managing Partner since 1998. During this time, he has led the organization and capital formation for four technology venture funds and has led or overseen investments in more than 100 companies. Previously, Girgenti was vice president at The Chicago Corporation, associate at Kemper Securities and analyst at KPMG. Girgenti holds a B.S. in applied mathematics-economics from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Eric Lang is senior managing director of real assets and private equity at Teachers’ Retirement System of Texas, a defined benefit pension fund. Lang is responsible for formulating and directing the investment strategy and portfolio construction of the fund's 15 percent allocation to real assets. Previously, Lang was a managing director with Kennedy Wilson Austin, asset manager with American General Corporation. Lang holds a BBA from the University of Texas in Austin and an MBA from the University of Houston. He is a certified CCIM and Texas Real Estate Broker.
Linda Calnan is the senior investment officer at Houston Firefighters' Relief and Retirement Fund and manages the pension’s private equity and real estate portfolios. Previously, Calnan was director of investments of Starling International Management Ltd. based in the United Arab Emirates. She has served on the board of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) as its Education Chairperson responsible for the design and curricula stewardship of the ILPA Institute launched under her leadership. She continues to serve the ILPA as a member of its Industry Affairs Committee. Calnan is a Valedictorian of the University of Miami, where she earned her MBA and a Summa Cum Laude of Sam Houston State University, where she earned her BBA in economics and international business.
Steve Neel is the deputy chief investment officer at the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board.
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Michael Bailey is director of private equity at Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management. Prior to this, he was a director of manager selection at HighVista Strategies, and a director of private equity at Lucent Asset Management. He has a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University.
Jeffrey Straayer is portfolio manager of private markets at 1888 Management LLC. Previously, he was a portfolio manager of private markets at Koch Industries, where he led the private market investing effort. His other roles included senior investment officer at Wyoming Retirement System and founder/chief investment strategist at Golden Sun Capital Management. He has an MBA from Colorado State University and studied business administration, finance and information systems at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Benjamin Liou is the managing director of public equities, private equities and bond portfolios at the J. Paul Getty Trust, the world's wealthiest art institution. Prior to joining Getty in 2001, Liou was an investment banking executive at Nomura Securities, where he was responsible for British privatizations and equities transactions in the telecom and pharma sectors. Liou holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA and J.D. from the University of Southern California.
Peter Landauer is the director of investments at the University of Florida Investment Corporation. He has been with the endowment for more than 18 years. Earlier in his career, Landauer was a manager at Tupperware Corporation. He received an MBA and a B.S. in accounting both from the University of Florida.
Jon Gay is a principal at Kensington Capital Holdings, LLC. He joined the firm in late 2013. Previously, he worked as a vice president at HGGC in Palo Alto, California. While at HGGC, he performed functions in all aspects of HGGC’s private equity practice including investment sourcing, investment analysis, and deal execution. Prior to joining HGGC, he served as an operations analyst at Sorenson Capital Partners’ Performance Group where he specialized in working with the senior management/staff of Sorenson’s portfolio companies. Gay earned his B.A. in economics from Utah State University and his MBA from Duke University.
Betty Sheets is senior investment manager of private equity at IBM.
Janet Yang Devinney is an investment associate director of financial assets division at Kamehameha Schools, where she helps manage the $10 billion educational endowment. Prior to this, she was a partner at Novak Biddle Venture Partners and a director at Citigroup Asset Management/Legg Mason. She has a degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Sherif Nahas is the director of private equity and real assets at Ford Foundation. He has been in role since 2009. Previously, he spent eight years leading private equity and real asset investments at the University of Virginia Investment Management Company and was a design engineer at Ford before that. Nahas received an MBA from the University of Michigan, a bachelor's and a master's, both in aerospace engineering, from the University of Virginia.
John Alouf is director of private markets at the Virginia Retirement System.
Arthur Wang has served as managing director of private markets at San Francisco Employees Retirement System (SFERS) since 2013, and is responsible for the system's investments in private equity, real estate and real assets. Prior to this, he served as a director of private equity at New York State Common Retirement Fund. Wang has been working at and advising technology companies for over 13 years. He holds an MBA from Stanford University, and an M.S. and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Julia Crosby is a managing director at Williams College's Investment Office. Prior to joining Williams in 2012, she was a research consultant at NEPC, LLC, where she conducted manager research and due diligence, in addition to working with pension and endowment clients on private equity strategies. Prior to NEPC, Crosby worked for six years on the Alternatives team at Alcatel-Lucent Investment Management Corporation. Crosby received a B.S. in business administration from Babson College.
Alison LeMasters Barad is director of private equity at The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Prior to this, she was a development officer at Association of Hole in the Wall Camps and worked in mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School.
Ryan Bailey is a senior investment director at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Previously, he served as a senior advisor at Cross River Advisors LLC, investment officer and interim CIO at The Meadows Foundation and a senior financial analyst at Sabre Holdings. Bailey is a chartered financial analyst, a chartered alternative investment analyst and a chartered market technician.
Tim Dolezal is the private equity investment director at the University of Notre Dame, a position he has held since February 2007. Prior to that, Dolezal was invesment director and assistant investment director of public equities at Notre Dame and an analyst at Stadium Capital Management. Dolezal began his career as an analyst at the Notre Dame in June 2002. Dolezal holds a BBA in finance and accounting from the University of Notre Dame.
Greg Davis is the director of private equity at 3M since 2010. Previously he was the director of private equity at Indiana Public Employees' Retirement Fund, principal of investments at Bank of America, and manager at Arthur Andersen. Davis received an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in technology from Purdue University.
Christy Richardson is the director of private equity at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She has been int his role since 2005. Previously she was a partner at investment bank Thomas Weisel Partners for five years. Richardson received an A.B. in economics from Dartmouth College.
Bo Ramsey joined the Indiana Public Retirement System in 2012 and currently serves as the deputy chief investment officer and director of private equity. In this role, he is responsible for asset allocation, ongoing staff development and the internship program, management of the $2.8 billion risk parity portfolio, and management of the $3.3 billion private equity portfolio including asset allocation, evaluation of strategies, manager due diligence and selection, co-investments, and portfolio monitoring. Previously, Ramsey was a practicing attorney and served as associate general counsel at Iasta, an emerging technology software company in the procurement and e-sourcing industry, and as an attorney at Ice Miller LLP concentrating his practice on private equity, venture capital and general M&A. Ramsey holds a J.D. (with honors) from the Indiana University - McKinney School of Law and an MBA and B.S. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is a CFA charterholder and a CAIA charterholder. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the CFA Society of Indianapolis, is a member of the Membership Committee for the Institutional Limited Partners Association, and previously served as the President and on the Board of Directors for the Young Professionals of Central Indiana.
Kathleen Browne is the managing director at Wellesley College since 2009. She is a member of the investment committee at Boston Arts Academy. Previously she was the director of alternative investment at Alcatel-Lucent Investment Management Corp for eight years. Browne received an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management, a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Union College.
Michael Sullivan is the managing director of Dartmouth College endowment. He leads the endowment's private equity and venture capital investments. Before joining Dartmouth in 2011, Sullivan was a partner of FLAG Capital Management, LLC. for 10 years. Before that, he was a consultant at Cambridge Associates. Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A in 1991, and earned an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1997.
Gerald Yahoudy is the managing director of private equity at New York Teachers' Retirement System. He was a private equity manager at the same organization before stepping up to his curernt role in 2015. Before working in investment, Yahoudy was an accountant and auditor. He has a master's degree in accounting from SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
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