AIG names Mellinger replacement

AIG Global Investment Group has placed ex-GE Capital executive Robert Thompson in charge of all private equity and hedge fund activities globally.

Robert Thompson, a former GE Capital executive as well as a former founding partner of health care investment firm Ferrer Freeman, has been named the new head of all private equity and hedge fund activities for AIG Global Investment Group.

Thompson replaces Larry Mellinger, who retired from AIG last December.

Thompson’s title will be senior managing director of alternative investments.

According to a press release from AIG, Thompson was a founder and managing member of Ferrer Freeman Thompson, a Greenwich, Connecticut private equity firm investing in the healthcare industry. The firm was founded in 1996 as Ferrer & Co. and subsequently renamed Ferrer Freeman Thompson. An employee of Ferrer Freeman said today that Thompson left the firm in 2001.

Prior to his time with Ferrer Freeman, Thompson was a managing director and equity group leader at GE Capital. Before that he was a consultant with Bain & Co.

Thompson will report to Win Neuger, the chief investment officer of AIG and chairman and CEO of AIGGIG.

AIG’s private equity group manages roughly $18 billion in private equity assets, according to the firm’s web site. The firm focuses heavily on emerging markets and on energy and infrastructure investments.

The head of developed markets for AIGGIG is managing director David Pinkerton.