Pantheon global infra head named partner

Pioneering private equity and infrastructure investor Pantheon Ventures has named Kathryn Leaf Wilmes as a partner. Wilmes is in charge of infrastructure globally for the $25bn firm.

Pantheon Ventures has made its global head of infrastructure, Kathryn Leaf Wilmes, a partner in the firm, according to a press statement.

Wilmes, prior to joining Pantheon in 2008, had been head of direct investment and co-investment for GIC Special Investments, the venture capital and private equity firm owned by the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. With GIC, she specialised in energy infrastructure.

Her promotion coincided with a wider move to bolster management at Pantheon. The firm also lifted private equity secondary team standout Matthew Jones, client service specialist Laurence Jonkler and Hong Kong-based portfolio director Brian Lim to partner.

At Pantheon, Wilmes is charged with heading its energy infrastructure business. She has a decade of ‘real asset’ experience, according to Pantheon. A graduate of Oxford University, she began her career with Wall Street firm Morgan Stanley, and has also worked for private equity firm Centre Partners.

US-based Wilmes is complemented in Europe by Heiko Schupp, who Pantheon hired in November from EISER Infrastructure. Schupp, a principal, is in charge of infrastructure investment across Europe. He has also worked for the Bank of Scotland.

Wilmes, who is based in San Francisco, could not be reached for comment. London-headquartered Pantheon also has an office in New York, as well as an Asia-centric operation in Hong Kong.

A pioneering private equity fund-of-funds, Pantheon duplicated its existing private equity expertise in co-investment and the secondary market to infrastructure. The firm has a total of  close to $25 billion under management.