Melissa FitzGerald was named vice president of private equity investor relations at PPM America’s Business Development and Client Relationship Management Team.
She joins the firm’s Chicago office from UBS where she was a client relationship manager for the institutional asset management business. FitzGerald’s new role will center on leading all aspects of client relations in support of PPM America Capital Partners, the $5.4 billion private equity arm of PPM, as well as other parts of PPM’s alternative asset classes including real estate and private credit. The nine-person strong private equity firm has both a dedicated co-investment team and private equity investment team.
“We are very excited to have Melissa join the business development group to ensure that the private equity team has the resources and support it needs to capitalize on current marketplace demand and PPM’s growth in the private equity business,” said Mike Welch, senior managing director, head of business development. “Her institutional asset management product knowledge and experience creating and managing institutional relationships will allow PPM and our team to continue focusing on delivering a superior client service experience.”
Prior to serving as the client relationship manager at UBS for six years, FitzGerald worked in roles at Guggenheim Partners, UBS Hedge Fund Solutions and Ernst & Young LLP. She added, “The combination of experience, long-standing relationships with top sponsors and deal agility across sectors and size differentiates PPM America Capital Partners in the marketplace, and I look to leverage these strengths in my new role.”