Cordiant hires veteran fundraiser

Graeme Johnson will lead investor relations activities for the emerging markets investment firm.

Cordiant has hired Graeme Johnson to lead its investor relations team. In the past decade he has helped five different institutions with marketing, fundraising and business development, as well as having spent a year as the chief executive for Aurado Energy, a publicly traded energy company.

From 2006 to 2008, Johnson led marketing activities for Canadian fund of funds manager Kensington Capital Partners, helping to establish its Montreal office. In 2005, he led Aurado, which operates in Kazakhstan.  From 2002 to 2004, Johnson was head of EMEA efforts for Deutsche Bank’s private funds group. He’s also held IR positions with Adveq, LGT Capital Partners, AXA Capital Partners.

He has also been on the advisory committees for funds managed by Novacap, Advent International, Hicks Muse Tate & Furst, Kiwi, Nordea and the Jordan Fund.

“Graeme’s extensive international investing experience, including on-the-ground postings in a variety of developing countries, will be a great asset to Cordiant as we generate new fund offerings and broaden our investor relationships,” David Creighton, Cordiant chief executive, said in a statement.

Cordiant, founded in 1999, makes both private equity and debt investments in emerging markets. It manages three emerging markets loan funds, and co-manages with Actis the Canada Investment Fund for Africa, 212 million private equity fund.