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Senior PE Manager moves from Dutch pension fund to GP Parmenion
Mr. Eelco Blonk is joining forces with GP Parmenion to accelerate the Group’s Private Equity and Venture Capital activities in ESG and Emerging/Frontier Markets
LUXEMBOURG, 7 December 2018 GP Parmenion is happy to announce that Mr. Eelco Blonk has joined its team. Mr. Blonk will be our Head of Global Private Equity and Venture Capital. He will be a key figure in the development of PE/VC activities in Emerging and Frontier Markets that are based on our firm’s GLOCAL principles through which the network, experience and expertise of global specialists is combined with the unique expertise and broad market knowledge of local players. Mr. Blonk brings with him extensive knowledge and an impressive network that fits perfectly with the institutional character and track record of GP Parmenion, its founders and international partners in Europe, China and the Middle East. ESG filters will apply to the funds/strategies that Mr. Blonk will develop.
Background: up to Q4 2018 Mr. Blonk was active as Private Equity specialist at SPF Beheer (the retirement fund of the Dutch Railroads; AUM EUR 20 bn). He holds several advisory boards seats globally and was awarded as “Best User of Private Equity in the Benelux” both in 2015 as in 2016. From 2007 up to 2014 he was member of the Private Equity team of PGGM (the second largest institutional investor in the Netherlands) in close cooperation with AlpInvest and APG. He oversaw the Emerging Market investments in Latin Amerika and Africa as co-investors together with the IFC (Emerging /Frontier Markets branch of the World Bank). During these years he built an extensive general and limited partner network in Europe, Asia, LATAM and Africa.
Erik van Dijk, CIO GP Parmenion: “Adding a PE/VC buy-side specialist with a best-in-class reputation like Eelco’s is a logical and fantastic step for us. Together with our on-the-ground teams in Europe, China and selected other Emerging countries, Eelco is the right man to lead and coordinate our Group’s PE and VC investments.”
GP Parmenion is a fiduciary, hands-on, implemented investment consultant focusing on the creation of best-of-breed (multi-manager) solutions for an international clientele consisting of both institutional and larger UHNW investors (all or selected asset classes). The firm does also offer tailor-making and/or white labeling solutions, especially for emerging-markets-based financial institutions and fund managers/advisors who require a best-of-breed, European-quality solution via Luxembourg and/or increased exposure to the capital-rich markets in Europe, North America, Asia or the Gulf.
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