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HarbourVest Partners recruits Jennings as MD

HarbourVest Partners has hired Simon Jennings as a managing director. Previously, Jennings worked at HSBC where he served as global head of private equity.


LONDON – October 24, 2017 – HarbourVest Partners, a global private markets asset manager, today announced that Simon Jennings has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Based in London, Mr. Jennings will focus on business development with distribution partners in Europe and Asia to help their private wealth clients achieve their private markets objectives.

“Over the last three decades, and especially more recently, HarbourVest has worked closely with market intermediaries globally to help meet the private markets investment needs of their family office, private bank, wealth management and institutional clients,” said Peter Wilson, Managing Director and member of the Executive Management Committee, HarbourVest. “Simon understands the needs of this market segment extremely well. We are excited to welcome him to the team.”

Mr. Jennings brings with him nearly 30 years of experience and has extensive capabilities in private equity investment, strategy, business building, client relations and fundraising. Prior to joining HarbourVest, he was the Global Head of Private Equity at HSBC where he was responsible for creating, structuring, and accessing private equity investment opportunities for private and institutional clients. Before that, Mr. Jennings held the role of Global Head of Private Equity at UBS Wealth Management. His other experience includes leadership positions at UBS AG in both London and Zurich, UBS Capital, Phildrew Ventures, and Hermes Investment Management.

Mr. Jennings received a BA in European Business Administration from the Middlesex Business School, London and a Diplom-Betriebswirt from the Fachochschule Reutlingen in Germany.

HarbourVest is an independent, global private markets asset manager with more than 35 years of experience and more than $45 billion in assets under management. The Firm’s powerful global platform offers clients investment opportunities through primary fund investments, secondary investments, and direct co-investments in commingled funds or separately managed accounts. HarbourVest has more than 400 employees, including more than 100 investment professionals across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This global team has committed more than $32 billion to newly-formed funds, completed over $18 billion in secondary purchases, and invested over $7 billion directly in operating companies. Partnering with HarbourVest, clients have access to customized solutions, longstanding relationships, actionable insights, and proven results.