Antin Infrastructure Partners announces new hires

2 March 2015

Antin Infrastructure Partners is delighted to announce the appointment of Alex Kesseler as Performance Improvement Principal. 

Continuing Antin’s approach of driving value creation within its portfolio companies, Alex will further strengthen the firm’s capabilities by focusing on improving operational performance. He will work in close co-operation with the investment team and portfolio company management, providing support throughout the life cycle of investment from due diligence to divestment. 

Alex brings over 20 years of operational experience to Antin. He was previously a Principal in the Portfolio Performance Group at PAI Partners for 6 years, in charge of improving the operational performance of portfolio companies. Prior to that he was a Partner at Roland Berger in Paris leading the private equity group of the “Operations Strategy” department for 6 years and before that he was Senior Manager at A.T. Kearney in Munich, Paris and New York. 

Alex holds a PhD in Management Science from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and an engineering degree from the University of Aachen, Germany. He joined Antin on 2nd March 2015. 

Commenting on the appointment, Antin’s CEO and Managing Partner Alain Rauscher noted “Driving value creation is at the core of Antin’s DNA and Alex’s arrival will enable us to continue to strengthen our ability to improve operational performance within our investee companies”. 

This appointment follows the recent hiring of 7 staff members including two experienced Investment Directors, Simon Soder and Mehdi Azizi, from Macquarie Capital and Goldman Sachs respectively. 

Antin Managing Partner Mark Crosbie explained “Antin is delighted to have added Alex, Simon and Mehdi to the team, in addition to making other high calibre hires since we closed Fund II. This is part of our efforts to expand the Antin team by some 15 professionals over the next two years in keeping with the increased size of our Assets under Management. Today, the team stands at 42 full-time professionals comprising 19 nationalities.”

Antin’s primary objective is ensuring that new joiners integrate into the firm’s culture of entrepreneurship and partnership. The process of expansion began after the final close of Fund II in June 2014 with the hiring of two new Investment Directors, four new Associates and one new Analyst in the Investor Relations team.