People Digest: Commonfund names Beijing office head; CFA Institute appoints CEO

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Commonfund Capital has appointed its associate director and head of its investment office in Beijing while the CFA Institute has named its first woman chief executive in its 73-year history.

Commonfund appoints HSBC executive as head of Beijing office

Commonfund Capital, the private capital subsidiary of Commonfund, has named Xiaonan Tian as Associate Director and Head of its investment office in Beijing, China, according to an announcement.

Xiaonan will be responsible for the oversight of due diligence, manager selection, investment monitoring and portfolio construction for the firm’s PE and VC investment management programmes in the Asia-Pacific basin.

Prior to this, she was HSBC’s Senior Vice President in Structured Banking and built relationships with leading private equity and venture capital players across China. She has also worked for Deutsche Bank’s PE arm in Singapore for seven years.

Founded in 1988, Commonfund Capital is a private capital solutions provider that invests with global partners into primarily small and mid-sized companies in growth markets.

CFA Institute names first woman chief executive

CFA Institute has appointed Margaret Franklin as Chief Executive Officer and president, the first woman to hold the position in its 73-year history, according to a statement.

Margaret Franklin has been a leader in the investment management industry for 28 years. Most recently, she has been as President of BNY Mellon Wealth Management in Canada and head of International Wealth Management in North America.

Previously, she also worked at Marret Private Wealth, State Street Global Advisors and Barclays Global Investors.

Franklin was chair of the Board of Governors of CFA Institute, which is a volunteer position and is a member of CFA Society Toronto.

Her new appointment at the organisation, where she succeeds Paul Smith, is effective September 2.