Compass Partners has hired James Kester to help lead business development in the U.S. Previously, Kester was chief investment officer of the private equity department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
Compass Partners announces that James Kester has joined the team to help grow its business and increase origination in the US. Since 2000, James has built and managed global investment businesses for institutional investors. Most recently, he served as Chief Investment Officer of the Private Equity department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds since 2010. James has also been a member of Advisory Board of DPE Deutsche Private Equity GmbH since 2017.
Compass Partners commented:
“We are delighted that Jim has joined the team. We believe he will be a significant asset to help us continue to deliver innovative and creative liquidity solutions including the acquisition of multiple assets in portfolios from a variety of financial sponsors.”
Compass Partners: based in London and Stamford, CT, is a private equity investor founded in 1997 focused on secondary direct transactions. Compass Partners provides bespoke and flexible solutions to create liquidity solutions for financial institutions or corporates from legacy funds or assets. In 2016, completed the acquisition of certain interests in Bridgepoint Europe III for a total equity commitment in excess of €360 million. Core assets include Infinitas Learning, Rodenstock and CTL.
Infinitas Learning: based in Utrecht, Netherlands, is a leading pure play education content and services business in Europe. Infinitas’ education resources are used in primary schools, secondary schools, further and higher education colleges, homes and industrial institutions globally. Geographies include the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden (www.infinitaslearning.com)
Rodenstock: based in Munich, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ophthalmic lenses and frames. It has a sales and distribution network covering over 80 countries (www.rodenstock.com)
CTL Logistics: based in Katowice, Poland, is a leading European independent rail freight operator, operating primarily in Poland and Germany (www.ctl.pl/en)