Optima Fund Management Snags Former Cogo Wolf Partner

May 6 2010 | 2:27pm ET

Optima Fund Management, a $3.5 billion private investment firm specializing in hedge fund investments, has hired industry veteran Rachel Minard as a managing director.

In her new role, Minard is responsible for expanding the firm’s global institutional relationships and is also tasked with opening and overseeing a new office in San Francisco. She reports directly to the CEO and founder of Optima, Dixon Boardman. 

“We could not be more excited that Rachel has joined Optima as we continue to build the firm into a stronger, global institutional competitor,” said Boardman.  “Few have the proven track record, impeccable reputation, integrity and energy Rachel brings and we know our clients will benefit from her insights.”

“Optima has all the critical ingredients required by global institutional investors and consultants investing in alternative asset managers,” said Minard.  “It is a first class firm with outstanding risk management and a superior long term track record.”

Minard has over 18 years of experience in hedge fund sales and marketing. Most recently, she was president and partner of Cogo Wolf Asset Management.  She has also served as director of global marketing for both Corbin Capital Partners and Cadogan Management, and served as vice president, consultant sales with JPMorgan Investment Management. 

Minard sits on the investment sub-committee for the Westover School Endowment and is an executive board member and founder of the Association of Women in Alternative Investing.

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