Global infrastructure firm Morrison & Co. named Melissa Richards as partner and head of strategy, product and growth.
Richards will oversee Morrison & Co.’s global strategy as the $18 billion firm continues to expand its global institutional investor footprint. She brings more than 15 years of private markets experience with her work across infrastructure, real estate, private equity and credit with both institutional and private wealth clients.
“Melissa is an internationally experienced senior executive who’s helped build significant global businesses in our sector,” said Paul Newfield, partner and chief executive officer of Morrison & Co. “Her collaborative approach, intellectual curiosity and long-standing industry relationships are a great fit with our culture. We’re excited to welcome her to our Partnership.”
Prior to Morrison, Richards had been senior vice president and head of product strategy and client solutions at Brookfield Oaktree Wealth Solutions in New York — a position to which she rose after serving as Brookfield’s head of infrastructure project management. In both roles she developed fundraising strategies and investment vehicles to access capital in several of Brookfield’s growth areas. Richards was an executive director and infrastructure fund portfolio specialist at Morgan Stanley before joining Brookfield Asset Management.
“A pioneer in infrastructure investments worldwide, Morrison & Co. is at an exciting point in its evolution as the firm continues to expand its geographic presence, develop new products, and broaden its investor base,” Richards added. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the growing boots-on-the-ground team in the U.S. and look forward to working alongside the entire Morrison & Co. team to strategically scale the business.”
Morrison & Co. also recently announced the appointment of Geraldine Buckingham, formerly BlackRock’s global head of corporate strategy and chair of Asia-Pacific, to its global board.