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Energy veteran named CIO of SteelRiver

Christopher Lowe, who has a renewable energy background and has worked for HSBC and JP Morgan, joined SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners as chief investment officer. He will report to chief executive Chris Kinney and will be based in New York.

SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners has hired an energy and project finance professional as its chief investment officer (CIO), the infrastructure fund manager said.

New CIO Christopher Lowe represented an expansion of its senior management team, according to SteelRiver head of investor origination Vittorio Lacagnina. Lacagnina noted the CIO role was a newly created position for SteelRiver.  

Lacagnina explained the fund would continue to seek to expand its senior management team.

The fund manager said Lowe will report to chief executive Chris Kinney and handle portfolio management, portfolio company investment analysis, and debt management. SteelRiver noted Kinney has known Lowe personally since 1992.

Prior to his appointment as SteelRiver CIO, Lowe had been executive vice president and chief financial officer of Noble Environmental Power, a renewable energy outfit focused on wind power. He has also worked for HSBC. His first post was with JP Morgan Securities in London, where he worked in global power and project finance.

SteelRiver began as a spinout from Babcock & Brown (B&B), a defunct financial services concern formerly headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In 2009, as B&B went into liquidation, Kinney and the erstwhile B&B North America-based infrastructure fund team broke-off from the company and formed SteelRiver, which has $1.9 billion in committed capital.