EMPEA fills CEO role

The Asian Development Bank's Robert van Zwieten will helm the emerging markets industry group, whose prior CEO left to join Abraaj in February.

The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) has appointed Robert van Zwieten as president and chief executive officer.

Van Zwieten replaces Jennifer Choi, vice president of industry and external affairs, who has worked as acting CEO since founding president and Sarah Alexander left to join The Abraaj Group in February. When Alexander left, EMPEA had not set a timeline for its search.

Van Zwieten most recently worked as the Asian Development Bank’s director of private sector capital markets in the Philippines, according to a statement from EMPEA. Van Zwieten oversaw a $2.5 billion emerging markets debt, equity and guarantee portfolio. His other leadership experience includes roles with Lehman Brothers in New York and a stint as managing director and global treasurer for GE Energy in Atlanta. 

“[Van Zwieten’s] familiarity with the complexities of investing in emerging markets and adept skills in relationship building will serve EMPEA well as we enter a second decade of offering unique membership value and global private equity intelligence,” said Jeffrey Leonard, chairman of EMPEA’s board of directors, in a statement.

EMPEA serves about 320 firms in 60 countries that collectively represent more than $1 trillion in assets under management. Its membership includes institutional investors, fund managers, and other industry stakeholders.