Ex-PEP MD resurfaces at social impact fund

Rob Koczkar will succeed Michael Traill as CEO of Social Ventures Australia.

Former managing director at Pacific Equity Partners Rob Koczkar has accepted the role of chief executive at not-for-profit investment firm Social Ventures Australia, effective from October 2014, according to a statement.

Koczkar replaces Michael Traill, who will take up the role of executive director, having generated more than $45 million of investment into the social sector and worked with more than 88 social ventures during his time in the role.

SVA is a social impact investment firm that provides opportunities for investors, including the government, foundations, high net-worth individuals, philanthropists and socially conscious institutions, who want both a social and financial return on their investment.

Koczkar left Australian private equity firm PEP about a year ago to pursue a career in the non-profit sector. He joined the firm, Australia’s largest GP, at its inception in 2004 as managing director. Prior to that, Koczkar had been a principal at TPG in London focused on the global buyout fund’s European portfolio.

“This is a decision I’ve made based on my desire to make a greater contribution to building a fairer Australia. My involvement with SVA over the past few years has instilled in me a great respect for and confidence in the organisation, and reinforced my passion for finding innovative approaches to social challenges,” Koczkar said in a statement.

PEP is raising a $2 billion Australia fund, which will have a $1 billion co-investment tranche for investors, Private Equity International reported earlier. The firm also returned about A$550 million (€383 million; $516 million) back to its LPs last year over three refinancings and three dividend recapitalisations.