Gresham House hires Amundi’s business development head for new role

Business-Handshake-General-Hire-Appointment-700x450.jpgGresham House has hired Michael Hart as head of distribution, a newly-created role.

Hart joins from Amundi Alternative Investments where he was global head of business development and was previously global head of business development for Aberdeen Asset Management’s alternative solutions arm.

Reporting in to managing director Rupert Robinson, Hart will be responsible for distribution across the strategic public equity, private equity and real assets divisions.

He will also develop the newly-created long term investment solutions business for institutional investors, including local government and corporate pension schemes, endowments and family offices. The British Strategic Investment fund, of which Berkshire Pension Fund is a cornerstone investor, is slated for launch in the coming months.

Robinson says: “We are pleased to have attracted someone of Michael’s quality to lead our distribution activity. He is joining Gresham House at a particularly important time in our development following the announcement of our proposed acquisition of Hazel Capital, the specialist new energy infrastructure manager, and the forthcoming launch of the British Strategic Investment fund which will target long term institutional investment in housing and infrastructure across the UK.”

Hart adds: “I am excited to join Gresham House and to help deliver the next phase of growth. The company’s specialism in alternative investment strategies makes it well positioned to benefit from increasing capital allocations by institutions and families. I look forward to working closely with our clients to deliver attractive long term customised investment solutions and enhanced service.”