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Portfolio Value Creation

PVC works closely with deal teams, portfolio company management and deal partners to create value within portfolio companies.

Working across all sectors, geographies and deal phases, PVC helps with diligence, enhances governance, actively monitors portfolio companies, drives operational change and ensures transfer of best practices across all areas of CPP Investments’ asset management and value-creation activities.

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The PVC team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, London, San Francisco and Hong Kong. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The PVC team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto and London. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The PVC team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto and London. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The PVC team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto and London. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

Peter Busse

Senior Principal, Portfolio Value Creation

Peter is involved in identifying and implementing value-creation opportunities across our direct equity investments portfolio. He has led a range of efforts across the Fund’s private equity and real assets; as well as development of the cross-portfolio approach to platforms. His areas of expertise include EBITDA improvements focusing on cost reduction efforts, carve-outs and post-merger integration, operational due diligence, corporate governance and management-incentive programs.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2014, he was most recently a Director with AlixPartners LLP, where he advised clients on a range of operational efficiency and organizational effectiveness topics.

He holds a BSc (First Class Hons) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.
Peter is on the board of Cordelio Power.

Jesko Frommeyer

Senior Principal, Portfolio Value Creation

Jesko leads the monitoring efforts for the Fund’s global direct private equity portfolio, PE Asia and credit investment platforms.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2018, he was a Principal at CVC Capital Partners, spending three years in the operations team with a focus on financial services, healthcare and entertainment across Europe. Previously, he was Managing Director M&A at GE Capital International, as well as Managing Director for its German fleet leasing business; and was also Vice President Group Strategy and M&A at Commerzbank in Frankfurt. Before that, he worked at McKinsey & Company and started his career in GE’s global corporate audit staff.

Jesko holds a BA from the Goethe University, Frankfurt and an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Cesare Ruggiero

Senior Principal, Portfolio Value Creation

Cesare is involved in helping portfolio companies identify and implement value-creation opportunities. He has led numerous value-creation initiatives across our private equity and infrastructure investments. His areas of expertise include corporate portfolio management, new business launch, pricing optimization, sales and channel effectiveness, and cost structure improvement.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2014, Cesare was a Principal with Boston Consulting Group in Toronto, where he advised clients in the consumer products, technology, media and telecommunications, healthcare and industrial goods sectors. Previously, he was with Capgemini Consulting in Los Angeles, and was co-chair of the global M&A practice. He has also held management consulting roles with Motorola and a boutique advisory firm in China. Cesare started his career at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

He holds a Hons. BA (High Distinction) in International Relations from the University of Toronto.Cesare is on the board of Neiman Marcus.

Polina Sims

Senior Principal, Portfolio Value Creation

Polina is involved in identifying and realizing value-creation opportunities across our portfolio. She leads the thinking on human capital issues in portfolio companies. Polina has led numerous efforts across infrastructure, direct private equity, and energy and resources portfolio companies; and has served on the board of RGL Reservoir Management. She has also led cross-fund thinking on governance practices for investee company boards and has served on our Talent Council. Her areas of expertise include corporate governance, productivity and cost transformation, organizational restructuring, customer discovery and customer experience, and operations.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2013, Polina was a Partner with Boston Consulting Group in Boston, San Francisco and Toronto, where she spent over 10 years advising clients in the health care, financial services and other industries. Previously, she worked with a consulting firm in Ukraine, developing and implementing World Bank and European Union-sponsored infrastructure and restructuring initiatives.

She holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kazim Tahir-Kheli

Senior Principal, Portfolio Value Creation

Kazim is involved in identifying and realizing value-creation opportunities across our portfolio of material direct equity investments. He leads the governance efforts across the direct-investments portfolio, as well as monitoring the energy and resources portfolio. Kazim has led a number of value-creation efforts across the Fund’s private equity, infrastructure, power and renewables, and energy and resources portfolio companies. His areas of expertise include digital marketing, marketing strategy and operations, carve-outs, and joint venturing.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2015, Kazim was CEO of a business unit of WPP plc in Russia. Previously, he spent more than 10 years as a management consultant, including as a Principal with OC&C Strategy Consultants in London, and began his career as a consultant at A.T. Kearney Financial Services in New York.

He holds an AB from Harvard College.

Maximilian Biagosch

Managing Director, Head of Portfolio Value Creation, Real Assets

Maximilian leads the Portfolio Value Creation group, supporting management teams of individual investments to achieve full value potential.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2015, Maximilian spent more than seven years at Permira Advisers LLP, focusing on private equity transactions, and was most recently responsible for the firm’s global capital markets activities. Prior to that, he was an investment banker for Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas in London.

Maximilian holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

He is on the board of Petco.

James Bryce

Managing Director, Portfolio Value Creation

James leads Portfolio Value Creation’s portfolio monitoring efforts across our direct equity investments.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2012, James was a Managing Director at Royal Bank Equity Finance (the private equity arm of RBS), where he spent 10 years focused on private equity and infrastructure transactions. Before that, he was a member of the private equity team at JP Morgan Capital and started his career as a pension fund manager at Hambros Bank.

James holds an MA in Theology from Keble College, Oxford.

He is on the boards of Anglian Water, Associated British Ports and Glencore Agriculture.

Stephen Huntley

Senior Principal, Portfolio Value Creation

Stephen is responsible for helping our portfolio companies identify and realize value-creation opportunities. He developed and scaled the Fund’s approach to direct asset onboarding and is a member of the Sustainable Investing Committee. His areas of expertise include large-scale transformational change programs, PMI, organizational and operational improvement, and ESG.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2012, Stephen was a Principal at Boston Consulting Group, spending 10 years in the industrial goods, consumer/retail and private equity sectors, and helped lead the Organization and Operations practices in Australia and the U.K. He started his career with Siemens in various operational roles across the U.S., Germany and China. He previously served on the board of Interparking.

Stephen holds an MSc in Engineering and Management from the University of Birmingham, and an MBA from INSEAD (Paris).

Batiste Ogier

Senior Principal, Portfolio Value Creation

Batiste’s primary role is to monitor investments in the Infrastructure portfolio and identify and implement value creation initiatives within that portfolio.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in January 2019, Batiste was a Director in the Infrastructure team at First State Investments, the investment arm of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Batiste represented FSI on the Board of Directors of Anglian Water Group (a co-investment with CPP Investments), as well as on the Boards of Coriance (a French energy company) and a UK Hospital PFI. In addition to various asset management initiatives, his responsibilities at FSI included origination and execution of European infrastructure M&A across multiple sectors (including utilities, oil & gas infrastructure, transport and renewables), as well as refinancings, divestment of portfolio assets, fundraising and investor relations. Prior to joining FSI, Batiste spent nine years at KPMG, working across corporate finance, transaction services and strategy consulting.

He holds a BA in European Studies from Kings College, London and is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Jan Heydolph

Senior Principal, Portfolio Value Creation

Jan is responsible for helping portfolio companies identify and implement value-creation opportunities, with a focus on translating opportunities enabled by digital technologies into strategic and operational improvements. He also has responsibility for the PVC team’s Asia-related activities.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2018, he was Head of Corporate Strategy for Volkswagen Group in China, where he helped formulate and implement key strategic initiatives. Before that, he worked as a management consultant and corporate advisor in China, ASEAN and Germany, including as a Senior Project Manager at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Munich and Shanghai.

Jan holds a Masters of Laws (LLM) from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

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