Australia-based infrastructure fund manager IFM Investors has appointed former PGIM and BlackRock director John Gee-Grant to lead its global client solutions business in a newly created role.

Gee-Grant, who will be based in London, will help the Australian pensions-owned investment manager build partnerships with clients and investors globally.

Gee-Grant left PGIM last year after nearly five years as managing director and head of international distribution and global consultant relations at PGIM Quantitative Solutions.

Prior to joining PGIM, he spent over 30 years at BlackRock working as managing director, a member of the global and regional institutional executive committees and led consultant relations globally. He also held leadership roles in research, marketing and institutional client relationship management.

Luba Nikulina, chief strategy officer at IFM Investors, said the infrastructure asset class not only provides a natural inflation hedge for institutional investors, but there is also a growing demand for additional investment to allow our society to transition to a low carbon future in a socially responsible way.

Nikulina added: “Gee-Grant has more than 35 years of experience of developing innovative solutions to deliver to clients’ needs. His arrival at IFM will help us build on our strengths and continue to enhance our client value proposition.”

Gee-Grant said: “It’s a great privilege to be at IFM Investors, which has such a strong reputation in infrastructure investing across debt and equity.

“I believe the combination of IFM’s distinct ownership structure alongside its long-term investment philosophy will allow us to continue delivering returns and sustainable value creation for our clients around the world.

“I look forward to working closely with IFM’s talented team of investment and client solutions professionals as we continue to build strong and lasting partnerships with our clients and support them to meet their investment goals.”

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