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OTPP names senior MD for global operations

Jo Taylor has been promoted to the newly created role of international senior managing director at the $130bn Canadian pension.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has promoted Jo Taylor, current managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, to the role of international senior managing director.

In this newly created role, which he will assume on 1 January 2017, Taylor will lead OTPP’s investments in London and Hong Kong and continue to report to the chief investment officer Bjarne Graven Larsen. He will be an active member of the respective asset class underwriting committees for investments being considered in all regions.

Taylor will also be the interim head of Asia-Pacific at OTPP, with current regional MD for Asia-Pacific Nicole Musicco returning to Toronto on 1 January 2017 to head the OTPP’s public equities unit. She replaces Wayne Kozun who has decided to leave the company this year after more than 20 years of service.

Taylor will split his time between London and Hong Kong until the position is filled.

“Jo is uniquely qualified for this role,” said Larsen. “He has an innate understanding of relationship building and the global nature of today's investment environment. He has earned the respect of our partners around the world by delivering value, and is committed to building our global strategy and presence.”

Taylor is involved in several portfolio companies of OTPP including gas distribution company SGN and Norway-based outdoor apparel brand Helly Hansen.

Before joining OTPP in 2012 to head its London office, Taylor spent more than 20 years with 3i Group and was non-executive director of Standard Life Private Equity European Trust, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The Toronto-based pension giant, with C$171.4 billion ($129.4 billion; €117.3 billion) under management, allocates about a third of its portfolio to alternatives, of which 5.8 percent is in infrastructure, according to Infrastructure Investor data.