Temasek hires Goldman veteran John Vaske to oversee Americas push

A Temasek Holdings logo is seen at their office in Singapore July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

Temasek Holdings Pte., Singapore’s state-owned investment firm, has hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s John Vaske to oversee its push into North America.

Vaske, most recently a co-chairman of global mergers and acquisitions at Goldman, will start as joint head of North America at Temasek International Jan. 16, the company said in a statement on its website late Thursday. Dilhan Pillay, the current Americas head, will continue to provide oversight on Temasek’s investment activities in North and Latin America, the company said.

Temasek is stepping up investments in the U.S. and Canada and said in July it plans to open an office in San Francisco this year to scout for tech investment opportunities. It already has an office in New York.

During the fiscal year ended March 31, Temasek loaded up on stakes in U.S. pharmaceutical and health-care firms including Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., which develop treatments for serious medical conditions. The share of North America investments increased to 10 percent of Temasek’s portfolio as of March, up from 8 percent two years earlier.

Vaske joined Goldman in 1988 as an analyst with the mergers and acquisitions team in New York and subsequently worked in Tokyo and London, according to the statement. He returned to New York as co-chairman of Goldman’s natural resources group in 2010, and assumed his most recent post in 2015.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.