Actis Taps Commonfund's Byrd For Investor Development Slot

Sep 30 2016 | 9:59pm ET

Multi-asset emerging market investor Actis has hired former Commonfund executive Carlton Byrd as a director in its investor development group.

Byrd will further bolster the company’s fundraising and investor relations expertise, Actis said in a statement. He will be based out of the firm’s New York office, which was established at the end of last year to deepen the breadth and strength of its partnerships across the Americas.

Prior to his new role, Byrd was a managing director at Commonfund where he spent several years raising capital for PE funds from U.S. institutional investors. Beforehand, he worked in a number of business development roles within the hedge funds industry, and started his career with an eight-year stint at Goldman Sachs. 

“We are very pleased to welcome Carlton to the team in New York,” said Adiba Ighodaro, partner and head of the New York office at Actis, in the statement. “Carlton brings with him extensive experience, an impressive track record and considerable acumen. He will further strengthen [our] presence in the U.S., and most importantly, his expertise will help to realize the ambitions of our investors.”

Founded in 2004 as a spinoff from the U.K.’s CDC Commonwealth development arm, Actis is is a major multi-asset investor with a growing portfolio of investments across Asia, Africa and Latin America. It has approximately $6.3 billion in funds under management deployed across private equity, energy and real estate investments focused on consumer, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrials and real estate sectors. The company is a signatory to the UNPRI.

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