People: Monument gets Bain exec for Tokyo office; PSP Investments has new CEO

A man, holding a mobile phone, walks past an electronic stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Placement agent Monument Group gets former Bain Capital PE executive Keiko (Kay) Sano in Tokyo office while Canada’s PSP Investments has appointed Neil Cunningham as CEO.

Monument gets former Bain Capital PE exec in Tokyo

Global private fund placement agent Monument Group has appointed a former Bain Capital Private Equity executive Keiko (Kay) Sano as a representative director in its Tokyo office.

In an announcement on Wednesday, Monument Group said that her addition strengthens its increasing footprint in the Asian market where the firm is anticipating a continued activity among funds and investors.

Kay was previously with Bain Capital Private Equity in Tokyo, where she was Vice President, Investor Relations and a member of the Asia Pacific Private Equity team. Prior to joining Bain, she was a Principal at Tokio Marine Capital responsible for global fundraising and investor relations.

Earlier, she has also been a managing partner at cross-border communications, a boutique investor relations firm based in Tokyo, where she provided shareholder research and global IR services to listed Japanese companies.

“Kay brings deep relationships and regional expertise to the team that enable us to take advantage of the growth in Asian activity,” said Niklas Amundsson, Managing Director at Monument Group.

Canadian pension fund PSP Investments appoints CEO

Canadian pension fund,Public Sector Pension Investment (PSP Investments), also known to be looking to have an Asia office by March this year, has appointed Neil Cunningham as the fund’s President and CEO.

The appointment takes immediate effect and will see Cunningham replace Andre Bourbonnais who is moving to join BlackRock later this year to lead a new initiative within BlackRock Alternative Investors.

Prior to this appointment, Cunningham was Senior Vice President, Global Head of Real Estate and Natural Resources at PSP Investments. Having joined PSP Investments in June 2004 as Vice President, Real Estate Investments, he was named Senior Vice President, Global Head of Real Estate in 2015. In December 2016, Mr. Cunningham also took on oversight of PSP Investments’ Natural Resources team.

Prior to joining PSP Investments, he held various real estate investment positions at Merrill Lynch, Brazos Advisors Canada, National Bank of Canada and Coopers & Lybrand.

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