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Morrison & Co builds global team to drive international expansion

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MEDIA RELEASE: H.R.L. Morrison & Co (‘Morrison & Co’) has made a series of appointments to extend its global footprint and capabilities.

Incoming CEO, Paul Newfield has announced Peter Coman and Geoff Hutchinson as the firm’s Australia and New Zealand Co-Heads with immediate effect.

Mr Hutchinson joined Morrison & Co in October 2021 after 14 years at Pacific Equity Partners, where he was a Managing Director and led investments across a range of industries including healthcare, education and business services. He is an experienced Board Director for both private and listed firms.

Mr Coman joined Morrison & Co in 2008 and has overseen a broad range of infrastructure investments in Australia and New Zealand in the social infrastructure, renewable energy, healthcare and transport sectors. Peter is currently Chairperson of RetireAustralia, Pacific Radiology Group, Wellington International Airport Ltd and a director of NZX-listed Trustpower.

Paul Newfield, incoming CEO, said, “Our Australasian portfolios form the bedrock on which our global expansion is being built. Over almost three decades we have built an outstanding track record in this region, and I’m delighted to have such high calibre investment professionals leading the investment team in our home markets.”

Morrison & Co has also appointed William Smales as Chief Investment Officer. He will be responsible for driving a globally consistent approach to investment, asset management and sustainability. He joined the firm in 2013 and moved to New York in August this year, reaffirming Morrison & Co’s commitment to its international growth strategy.

Nicole Walker, Chief Commercial Officer, will relocate to Singapore from January 2022 to lead global client activities, expanding and diversifying the firm’s investor relationships. She will continue to oversee the firm’s existing mandates, new product development and marketing activities.

Morrison & Co has also been expanding its investment team, securing top talent to cement its reputation for market-leading investment capabilities in the infrastructure sector. Since September, the firm has recruited seventeen new team members across its key locations. These include Perry Offutt as Head of North America, Grace Tang as Investment Director, joining from QIC Global Infrastructure, and Ankit Mehta as Investment Director, who joined from the Future Fund.

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