Global Infrastructure Partners hires IR head

Susan Healy, a veteran of Babcock & Brown and The Carlyle Group, assumed the position effective this month. In related news, First Reserve hired Chris Pieterson of CP Eaton as vice president in investor relations and co-investment in the firm’s London office.

Global Infrastructure Partners has hired Susan Healy as its global head of investor relations for the $5.64 billion infrastructure investment firm.

Healy, a principal at the firm, took up the position this month, according to her LinkedIn profile. She is based in New York.

Previously, she worked at Australian investment bank Babcock & Brown where she served in investor relations and fundraising roles for the firm’s unlisted infrastructure funds. Prior to that, she spent 13 years at The Carlyle Group as department head of investor relations management.

For Global Infrastructure Partners, Healy’s hire comes just as the firm is said to be thinking about its second infrastructure fund. Speaking with Infrastructure Investor last year, Joe Blum, the firm’s general counsel said the firm was preparing to launch its second infrastructure fund in 2010.

In related news, First Reserve Corporation, the energy-focused private equity firm that also invests in energy infrastructure, also recently made a hire for its investor relations team.

Chris Pietersen joined the firm as vice president, investor relations and co-investment, in First Reserve’s London office, according to a statement. He was previously with Connecticut-based placement agent CP Eaton.

Pietrsen’s appointment followed the close of First Reserve’s Fund XII, a $9 billion global buyout fund for the energy sector, the largest ever raised by First Reserve, according to the statement.

The firm is also in the market raising an infrastructure fund targeting $1.5 billion and has already reached a first close on $500 million toward that goal, according to information published by PE Insider.