Equilibrium Capital Adds Two Directors

Sep 22 2014 | 10:00am ET

Equilibrium Capital Group, which specializes in sustainability-driven real assets for institutional investors, has named former CalPERS CIO Janine Guillot as a director. The firm has also appointed Guy Jaquier, most recently CEO of Prologis Private Capital, as a director.

The new board members bring decades of institutional and capital-markets experience to Equilibrium Capital teams that are scaling sustainable real-assets investment products in agriculture, energy, water, real estate and land stewardship.

“Janine and Guy are incredibly sophisticated about investment vehicles that match the lifespan and long-term return characteristics of real assets,” said David Chen, chief executive of Equilibrium Capital. “They have built investment platforms at [an] institutional scale.”

Jaquier, who earlier led the international expansion of AMB Property Corp. to 15 countries in five years, said Equilibrium Capital is aligned with the emerging business consensus around sustainability.

"Prudent stewards of capital have recognized the need to future-proof their portfolios," he said. "Money is flowing to forward-thinking managers.”

Guillot is chief operating officer of Incapture, which owns Incapture Investments, a boutique investment manager, and Incapture Technologies, an enterprise software company. As CalPERS' chief operating investment officer, she led investment office operations for one of the world’s largest pension funds with more than $300 billion in investments. She led development of CalPERS’ Investment Beliefs, which established long-term stewardship as a guiding principle for strategic management of the investment portfolio. Previously, she served as chief operating officer for Barclays Global Investors' $450 billion global fixed-income business.

“Equilibrium Capital combines two things I’m passionate about: sustainability strategies for institutional investors, and real assets, an important part of any institutional investor’s portfolio,” Guillot said. “Institutional investors who are long-term investors really need to integrate sustainability into their decision-making.”

Guillot and Jaquier join Chen and three others on the Equilibrium Capital board: Ken Wilcox former CEO of Silicon Valley Bank; Andrew Turner, CEO of WHV Investment Management and founder of Northern Lights Capital Group; and Noel Kullavanijaya, Equilibrium’s head of distribution and sales.

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