Argand Partners, the New York and San Francisco Bay Area-based middle market buyout firm, is pleased to announce the recent addition of Kay Blackwell as Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications.
Ms. Blackwell, who previously worked with the Argand Partners team in a prior role at MVision Private Equity Advisors, will lead the firm’s investor relations efforts, working with existing and prospective limited partners, and coordinating and managing future fundraising outreach. She will also work with Argand’s portfolio companies on broader corporate communications initiatives. “Kay is a dynamic and strategic thinker. She has deep relationships with investors and brings a communications expertise that will be valuable for our portfolio companies as they continue to grow. This role continues our tradition of building an institutional team at Argand that can also support our portfolio company management teams,” commented Heather Faust, Partner and Managing Director.
Ms. Blackwell was most recently a Managing Director with The Rohatyn Group focused on business development and investor relations. Previously, Ms. Blackwell was a Managing Director at MVision Private Equity Advisors, where she managed global fundraising efforts for private equity funds, and was responsible for origination, distribution and General Partner relationships in North America. Prior to joining MVision, Ms. Blackwell spent over nine years with Citi Private Bank in New York and London where she was responsible for private equity, real estate and private debt product management globally. In this role she was responsible for structuring and managing funds, investment oversight, and investor relations. Prior to Citi, Ms. Blackwell helped develop and support a platform for emerging hedge fund managers in London. Ms. Blackwell holds a MSc degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University, New York, and a BA Hons degree in English and European Literature from Essex University, United Kingdom. She served on the Board of Directors of Hot Bread Kitchen, a not-for-profit social enterprise based in New York City, from 2013 to 2018.
ABOUT ARGAND PARTNERS
Argand is a New York‐ and San Francisco Bay Area‐based middle market buyout firm founded in 2015 by long‐time colleagues, Heather Faust, Howard D. Morgan, and Tariq Osman. Argand is a growth‐oriented, control investor focused on complex, often contrarian, situations that involve solid, market‐leading industrial and industrial‐oriented consumer and energy businesses, often with significant global operations and expansion opportunities. Argand has approximately $800 million in assets under management, which includes $230 million available to invest through a special purpose acquisition company. Argand’s portfolio includes Sigma Electric Manufacturing Corp., Brintons Carpets Ltd., Oase Living Water GmbH, and Industrea Acquisition Corp.
The Argand team has a disciplined approach of investing in businesses that have the potential for transformational value creation through the implementation of managerial, operating, and strategic initiatives. Argand focuses on investments into manufacturers and service providers, where the team has deep sector experience and can leverage its senior executive advisory network to drive the rapid execution of an investment thesis.
Further information on Argand can be found on the website: www.argandequity.com.
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