Terra Firma Taps Former AIMA Executive To Lead Communications

Jan 8 2015 | 6:22am ET

Global private equity group Terra Firma has appointed Christen Thomson to lead its communications effort.

Thomson—who will be based in the firm’s London offices—was most recently deputy CEO of the Alternative Investment Management Association, the global hedge fund association, where he worked from 2008 to 2014. He is also a former BBC journalist who spent 12 years at the corporation.

At AIMA, which has more than 1500 corporate members in over 50 countries who collectively manage more than $1.5 trillion in assets, Thomson was responsible for coordinating strategic communications for the industry and creating a comprehensive thought leadership program based on the industry’s value to investors, markets and the broader economy. His campaigns built on this narrative supported the Association’s engagement on the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and with institutional investors globally.

Commenting on the appointment, Guy Hands, chairman and chief investment officer of Terra Firma, said: “Christen has significant, senior experience both in corporate communications and as a journalist…He will play an important role for Terra Firma in leading our communications activities.”

Thomson added: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining guy and his colleagues at Terra Firma. Guy is rightfully known as one of the great deal-makers and statesmen in the industry and over the last 20 years he and his team have built one of the world’s leading private equity firms.”

Terra Firma was established by Hands in 1994, originally as Nomura International’s Principal Finance Group. Since 1994, the firm has invested over €15 billion in 33 businesses with an aggregate enterprise value of over €47 billion.

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