Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has made three hires to its Houston-based investment team. Joining the firm are Hank Jones as managing director; William Blake as vice president; and Dennis Mou as an associate.
Houston – September 17, 2019 – Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners (“Quinbrook”), a specialist global investment manager that is focused exclusively on lower carbon and renewable energy infrastructure investment and operational asset management in the US, the UK and Australia, today announced three new appointments to their Houston based investment team. The new team members will strengthen and increase the broader Quinbrook team’s origination, deal execution and asset management capabilities.
Hank Jones has been appointed to the role of Managing Director. Hank is an energy industry veteran with over 33 years of experience in building and managing wholesale energy trading, power marketing, asset optimization and logistics businesses for public and private companies in both North America and Europe. Hank joins Quinbrook from Dynegy Inc., where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer responsible for the commercial optimization of 26 GW of power generation assets diversified across multiple US states. Hank managed the fundamental market analysis team at Dynegy, responsible for all wholesale market-facing activities including energy hedging, fuel procurement and logistics, asset management and capacity sales negotiations. Prior to Dynegy, Hank was Head of North American Power & Gas Sales, Trading and Origination at Deutsche Bank and was formerly the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Trading for EDF Trading North America.
David Scaysbrook, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Quinbrook said, “Understanding power markets and their changing risk dynamics is core to our business and Hank’s decades of experience in leading the management of energy commodity pricing is hugely relevant to Quinbrook’s strategy.”
William Blake joins Quinbrook as Vice President in the Houston office with over 5 years of experience in renewable and conventional energy investment, project development and M&A. Prior to Quinbrook, William was an Associate at Denham Capital in London where he was responsible for financial modelling, execution and monitoring of Denham Capital’s international power investments. William was formerly an Analyst in the Global Energy & Power Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York.
Dennis Mou also joins Quinbrook as Associate from EDP Renewables in Houston where he has spent the past two years undertaking the financial analysis and evaluation of EDP’s US wind and solar projects. He specializes in financial modelling, risk/return sensitivity assessment and critical evaluation of a variety of complex tax equity structures, partnership arrangements and commercial due diligence. Dennis has developed and enhanced training protocols for detailed financial analyses and prior to EDP he collaborated with the Rice University, Houston, to develop online courses on business statistics and analytics.
Scaysbrook added, “The appointment of Hank, William and Dennis is an important step in the continued build out of our US investment team. This team of industry professionals has the diversity of skills we need to successfully pursue and execute the opportunities emerging from the accelerating energy transition.”
Rory Quinlan, Co-Founder and Managing Partner said, “We are delighted to have attracted such experienced professionals to our US team. Hank’s industry perspective is consistent with our approach and both William and Dennis bring analytical and deal execution capability. Together with Mathew Nicklos, Quinbrook Senior Director and Rob Kerr our US COO in Houston, we are positioned well to tackle the deep project pipeline we have assembled within our numerous portfolio companies.”
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners (www.quinbrook.com) is a specialist investment manager focused exclusively on lower carbon and renewable energy infrastructure investment and operational asset management in the US, UK and Australia. Quinbrook is led and managed by a senior team of power industry professionals who have collectively invested over US$ 17 billion in energy infrastructure assets since the early 1990’s, representing over 30GW of power supply capacity. Quinbrook’s investment and asset management team has offices in Houston, London, Jersey, and the Gold Coast of Australia. Quinbrook has completed multiple investments in both utility and distributed scale wind power, gas fired power reserve and ‘smart grid’ projects in the US, UK and Australia and currently manages Cape Byron Power (www.capebyronpower.com), one of Australia’s largest base-load 100% renewable power generators.