University of California Snags CIO from Sacramento Pension


The University of California has hired former Sacramento County pension chief Scott Chan, according to Chief Investment Officer.

Chan, who will reportedly start on February 17, will be the University’s managing director of public equity.

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Chan has been named senior managing director of public equity, responsible for upwards of $35 billion in endowment, retirement, and operational assets.

The former hedge fund manager took over the Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System in 2010. Under Chan’s leadership, the $7 billion portfolio climbed from five-year returns in the bottom quartile of public plans to the 53rd percentile as of September 30, 2014.

He spearheaded several opportunistic plays, including a separate account for purchasing discounted infrastructure secondaries. Last month, Chan and the fund took home the CIO Industry Innovation Award for public plans under $15 billion.


[Jagdeep] Bachher, who took over as CIO in April 2014, has executed a nearly wholesale overhaul of the division’s staff, organizational structure, and compensation scheme.

Identifying and promoting internal talent was his first step in the reorganization, the Canadian sovereign wealth fund alum told CIO in November.

“Second,” he said, “you need to bring in external people. Target those with experience who’ve had leadership roles. Hence, CIOs at other institutions who want to go back to investing have been very attractive.”

In the last few months, the University of California investment officer has made over a dozen new hires and promotions. Read more about the personnel changes here.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Names New Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa Investments

Canada blank mapThe Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has appointed private equity veteran Jo Taylor to the post of Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Taylor will also head the pension fund’s London office.

From an OTPP release:

In his new role, Mr. Taylor retains primary responsibility for Teachers’ Private Capital and private equity investments in the region while assuming oversight for the full cycle of opportunity origination, analysis, value creation and execution of investment activities across asset classes.

In addition to setting the tone and direction of Teachers’ investment activities in the EMEA market, Mr. Taylor, who joined the organization in 2012, will guide all advisory relationships within the region and becomes a member of Teachers’ Investment Committee.

“Jo’s expanded role reflects our commitment to growing our global presence and deepening our long-term relationships with our partners in key markets. His experience, relationship-building skills and his deal and market knowledge make him the ideal person for this new position,” said Neil Petroff, Teachers’ Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer.

Teachers’ will be opening an expanded London office at Portman Square in 2015 to accommodate a larger, multi-asset-class team. Teachers’ established its London office in 2007. It has a diverse portfolio of assets in the region valued at approximately $21 billion as of December 31, 2013.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan manages $140 billion in assets.