People Moves

Pantheon Makes Senior Appointments

Amanda Cheesley Deputy Editor 26 January 2023

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The latest moves and senior appointments at Pantheon, a global private markets manager.

Pantheon has appointed four new partners to bolster its global operational capabilities and support growth in its Asian franchise.

According to the firm, three of the new partners have been promoted and the fourth is a new hire. 

They include Stephen Branagan, global head of operations and head of Ireland, who first joined Pantheon in 2018 and oversaw a range of improvements across its operational teams that support its ability to expand its offerings, the firm said in a statement.

He brings senior level experience across operations, finance and risk for private and publicly listed international financial services and renewables businesses in London and Dublin. Previously, he worked at 3i Group and Cantor Fitzgerald.

Meanwhile, Dean Maines has joined Pantheon from Affiliated Managers Group as chief financial officer. Maines oversees the firm's finance group, with a focus on leading Pantheon’s accounting, financial reporting and internal controls to support the execution of its growth strategy, the firm continued. 

Prior to working at AMG, Maines was a partner in the audit practice of Deloitte. He is based in New York.

Dianne Remanous, chief human resources officer, joined Pantheon in 2018. She has made leadership and talent development a core focus of the firm's culture, building out its HR function to include dedicated recruitment, development and HR business partnering teams to support the firm's continuing growth.

Remanous joined Pantheon from Capital Dynamics, where she worked across private equity, clean energy infrastructure and private credit. Prior to that, she worked at organisations across a various industry sectors including investment banking, management consulting, market research and law, introducing performance management structures, leadership development, cultural and succession planning. She is based in London, the firm said.

Akitoshi Yamada (pictured), head of Japan in its Asian investor relations team, joined Pantheon in 2018. Yamada has played a key role in establishing the firm’s presence in the region, building strong relationships and an investor base that includes a number of the firm’s largest clients, the firm continued.

Prior to joining Pantheon, he was deputy general manager of foreign equity and alternative investment department at Nippon Life Insurance Company. Before that, he worked at Nippon Life Global Investors America as senior vice president and head of private equity investment. Yamada is based in Tokyo, the firm said.

Welcoming the move, Paul Ward, managing partner, said: “We are exceptionally pleased to recognise the talents and contributions of key colleagues who have been critical to developing our reputation as a trusted partner to our clients.”

“Aki’s relationship development capabilities have meaningfully enhanced our presence in Japan, while Stephen and Dianne’s leadership of our operations and human resources functions, respectively, have strengthened our business as a whole,” he continued. 

“We are also pleased to welcome Dean to the partnership of the firm and look forward to leveraging his experience to enhance our financial reporting, analysis and risk management capabilities,” he said.

A total of 98 professionals were recognised in Pantheon’s annual promotion round, including nine colleagues who were promoted to managing director, enhancing the firm's experience across the business.

Those promoted to managing director are: Scott Hong, investor relations, Seoul; Iain Jones, head of US institutional, investor relations, San Francisco; Johnny Lee, head of US legal, legal and compliance, New York; Jennifer Lisbey, head of fund finance, operations, London; Victor Mayer, primaries, London; Kunal Sood, primaries, Hong Kong; Carlos Vilares, head of insurance solutions, investor relations, London; Jeffrey Wright, investor relations, New York; and Ana Maria Zarruk, investor relations, Bogotá.

Pantheon, which currently invests on behalf of more than 960 investors, including public and private pension plans, insurance companies, endowments, foundations and private wealth clients, has $88 billion assets under management. It has offices in London, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bogotá, Tokyo, Dublin and Berlin.

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