Blackstone hires ex-Brookfield exec for infrastructure

Jonathan Kelly, formerly managing partner and head of Europe for Brookfield Infrastructure, will join Blackstone Infrastructure Partners as senior managing director and head of European infrastructure.

Previously, Kelly was also the global chief investment officer for utilities and data infrastructure for $23 billion Brookfield Infrastructure Partners.

In this new role, he will be responsible for the build-out of a dedicated European infrastructure team and the sourcing of investment opportunities across the region starting on April 6 in Blackstone’s London office.

“We are excited to welcome Jon to our senior leadership team,” said Sean Klimczak, global head of infrastructure at Blackstone. “Jon’s exceptional investment track record across a wide range of sectors and his experience leading teams in the region make him the ideal choice as we seek to grow our presence in the sizable European infrastructure market.”

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners announced the final close of its inaugural fundraising phase last year with total commitments of $14 billion. The offering is a global, perpetual capital vehicle focused on investing across all infrastructure sectors, including transportation, energy (utilities, midstream and renewables), communications and water and waste.

Blackstone formed its infrastructure business in 2017 with a $20 billion long-term matching anchor commitment from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

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