Eaton Vance vet joins new alternatives firm

James Hawkes has joined the board of Central Park Group, the New York alternative investment business founded by former UBS alternatives heads Greg Brousseau and Mitchell Tanzman.

Former chairman and chief executive of Eaton Vance James Hawkes has joined the board of New York-based alternative investment firm Central Park Group.

“[Hawkes] is one of the most innovative people I’ve ever met,” Central Park co-founder Greg Brousseau told PEO. Under his 11 years of leadership, investment manager Eaton Vance developed “a lot of innovative products and solutions” and assets under management grew from $17 billion to $160 billion.

Hawkes will join other Central Park board members including Kenneth Whitney, senior managing director at private equity The Blackstone Group, and Steven Guterman, head of business development at asset manager AIG Investments.

“We use them as a sounding board,” said Brousseau. “For a small company, we’ve got a lot of intellectual fire power.”

Central Park Group was founded in 2006 by Brousseau and Mitchell Tanzman, co-founder and former heads of the UBS and Oppenheimer alternative investment business. The firm aggregates investments from high net worth individuals and smaller institutions in order to provide access to hedge funds, real estate funds, private equity funds and hybrid offerings.