Kohlberg scoops IR talent from Canadian pension

Dominique Hansen, a vice president at OMERS Capital, is slated to join mega-buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts next month.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has hired Dominique Hansen, a vice president at OMERS Capital Partners. Hansen is reportedly leaving OMERS Capital on 6 October to join KKR’s office in Menlo Park as part of the firm’s investor relations team.

A spokesperson for KKR confirmed to PEO that Hansen has indeed been hired by KKR, but did not comment on Hansen’s new title, where she will be based or her start date.

OMERS Capital is based in Toronto and manages private equity investments on behalf of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS). OMERS is the fourth largest pension fund in Canada, with over C$40 billion (€28.3 billion; $35.9 billion) in assets under management.

Hansen: new IR talent for KKR

Hansen joined OMERS in July 2002 and is one of the firm’s seven vice presidents. The 16-person firm also has another senior vice president and two associate vice presidents. According to the OMERS Capital website, Hansen has 16 fund relationships across Canada, the US and Europe. Her duties include sourcing, diligencing, negotiating, completing and monitoring those fund commitments. Hansen has also been involved in sourcing and completing some of OMERS Capital’s co-investments.

Before OMERS, Hansen was vice president of M&A at Canadian investment bank Yorkton Securities. Her background also includes three years as operations manager of Procter & Gamble’s manufacturing group. Hansen earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Queen’s University, and later earned a MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

OMERS has invested in the funds of KKR, as well as those of Apax Partners, Berkshire Partners, Celtic House Venture Partners, Charterhouse Capital Partners, Credit Suisse First Boston, Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, Hellman & Friedman, JW Childs AssociatesSagard Private Equity Partners, and Texas Pacific Group. The firm also makes direct investments, primarily North America. OMERS is headed by president and CEO Paul Renaud, who joined the firm in November 2004.

KKR is currently in the market to raise its KKR 2006 Fund, a buyout fund that reportedly has a cap of $15.5 billion. In May, KKR also raised $5 billion in the flotation of investment vehicle KKR Private Equity Investor on Amsterdam’s Euronext exchange.

KKR Financial – an externally managed and publicly traded investment manager affiliated with KKR – also recently scooped Andrew Sossen, formerly a M&A specialist at the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, as the firm’s new general counsel.