Adams Street Partners Names Walker As Chief Operating Officer

Nov 13 2017 | 4:14pm ET

Global private markets manager Adams Street Partners has named former Credit Suisse Private Bank senior executive James Walker as a partner and chief operating officer. 

In his new role, Walker will report to head of investments Jeff Diehl, will join the company’s executive committee, and chair the operating committee.

Walker brings more than 30 years of senior executive leadership experience in the wealth management and asset management industries to his new position. Before joining Adams Street, he was COO at Credit Suisse Private Bank Americas. Beforehand, he spent seven years at Morgan Stanley Global Wealth Management (and predecessor firms), where he served on the management committee and held several roles of increasing responsibility including COO of Investment Strategy and Client Solutions, director of the consulting group, and director of product strategy. 

Earlier, Walker served as COO – Investment Advisory Services at Citi Global Wealth Management, and then as director of strategy, Finance and Risk. He began his career at Merrill Lynch and spent nearly two decades at the firm, rising to chief administrative officer for the Global Private Client business.

Headquartered in Chicago, Adams Street Partners commenced its investment program in 1972, and is credited with establishing the first private equity fund of funds for institutional investors. The company now manages some $32 billion across five strategies – primary and secondary private fund investments, co-investments, private credit investments, and direct venture/growth investments.

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