LPEQ appoints new CEO

LPEQ, the international association of listed private equity companies, has named Douwe Cosijn to succeed Andrea Lowe as CEO. The appointment becomes effective January 4, 2016. Cosijn is a former director of corporate affairs and head of investor relations at 3i.

PRESS RELEASE

Today, LPEQ, the international association of listed private equity companies, announces the appointment of Douwe Cosijn to succeed Andrea Lowe as Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 4th January 2016.

Andrea Lowe has chosen to step down as CEO of LPEQ early in the New Year, following ten years at the association’s helm. Andrea founded LPEQ in 2006 with Ian Armitage, the former CEO of HgCapital.

Tim Spence, chairman of LPEQ’s board and Finance Director at Graphite Capital, said:
“On behalf of the board and the whole membership, I would like to express our thanks to Andrea for her enormous contribution and tireless work in establishing LPEQ, growing it into the respected organisation it is today and for making a real difference to the profile of the listed private equity sector. Without her persistence and drive, LPEQ would certainly not exist in the form it does today and we are deeply indebted to Andrea for her efforts over the past ten years.

“I am very pleased to announce that Douwe Cosijn will assume the role of CEO from the beginning of January. He brings significant relevant experience, having worked for a leading listed private equity firm for many years. Additionally, his expertise ranges across corporate, financial and government relations – all aspects our members are engaged in with their key shareholders.”

Andrea Lowe, CEO of LPEQ, said:
“I am grateful for the support I have received over the past ten years in raising awareness and understanding of listed private equity, and in building LPEQ into a valued resource for investors considering an allocation to the asset class. I wish Douwe and all the members every success for the future.”

Douwe Cosijn said:
“I am very pleased to be able to use my experience across the private equity industry and public markets to help LPEQ’s members achieve their strategic objectives. LPEQ’s mission is particularly exciting given that alternative asset classes are becoming increasingly mainstream, and that private equity can be part, not only of alternative allocations, but broader investment strategies in the public markets.”

About Douwe Cosijn
Mr Cosijn has 20 years of international experience in financial services and strategic communications, government relations, regulation and broader stakeholder engagement.

Douwe joined 3i, a London-listed international investment company, in 1998, and most recently was Director of Corporate Affairs and Head of Investor Relations, between 2005 and 2012. In this capacity, Mr Cosijn advised the Group on key corporate developments, including the Group’s corporate and financial reporting, acquisitions, restructurings and fund raisings. He also held responsibility for the Group’s government relations and broader stakeholder engagement programmes.

Between 2012 and 2015 Mr Cosijn established an independent communications advisory business working with governments, sovereign wealth funds and multi-national corporations in relation to the investment and disposal of strategic assets.

Mr Cosijn began his career in Brussels, where he specialised in EU financial services regulation, advising Chinese, EU and US government and regulatory bodies on developments in private equity and financial services. He was also instrumental in shaping the private equity industry’s engagement strategy in the UK and EU during the unprecedented political scrutiny the industry faced following the financial crisis.

About LPEQ
LPEQ was established in 2006 to increase awareness and understanding of listed private equity through research and information. Extensive information about listed private equity can be found at: www.LPEQ.com