Campbell Lutyens names new global infra head

Former Hungarian prime minister Gordon Bajnai takes the reins while James Wardlaw is appointed vice-chairman for infrastructure.

Campbell Lutyens has shifted its organisational structure, naming Gordon Bajnai as its new global head of infrastructure.

Bajnai, who served as prime minister of Hungary from 2009 to 2010, has been chair of the placement agent’s advisory board since 2011. His new, full-time role in the firm’s London office will see him take responsibility for its overall infrastructure practice. But he will also continue in his capacity as chair of the global advisory board. According to a company statement, he has played an “increasingly significant role” since his arrival eight years ago.

James Wardlaw, previously head of infrastructure, has been appointed vice-chairman for infrastructure, leaving him to focus on advising LPs and GPs on infrastructure globally.

Prior to his Hungarian premiership, Bajnai held roles as minister of regional development and minister of national development and economy. He exited politics in 2014 and served until 2017 as group chief operating officer at Paris-based Meridiam. Bajnai also sits on the investment committee for the European Fund for Strategic Investments – coined the “Juncker Plan” – which directs European Investment Bank funds towards infrastructure and other projects.

Campbell Lutyens is also in the process of replacing Nick Spencer, who departed his role as principal at the group last month to join Arjun Infrastructure Partners.