Zurich-based asset manager Polaris Investment Advisory has made four hires for its newly formed senior advisory board, the firm has announced.
Hanspeter Bader, Baldomero Falcones, Thomas Friese and Matthias Knab are all joining as senior advisers and will work on European expansion and new strategies for the firm.
Bader is a private equity specialist and used to work as head of private equity/private assets at Unigestion.
Another new hire, Thomas Friese, used to work as head of global pensions at the Nokia Group. He was also previously employed at Siemens Group, where he was in charge of infrastructure projects.
The third addition to the team is Matthias Knab, who is the founder and managing director of a global news and search portal for alternative investments.
Baldomero Falcones, the fourth member of the team, used to work as a member of the management executive committee of Banco Santander and as chairman of MasterCard International.
He is also a co-founder of the biggest Spanish private equity fund and will leverage his network to help the firm’s expansion into Spain.
Commenting on the new hires, Claus Hilpold, founder and managing partner of Polaris Investment Advisory, said:
‘The establishment of such a top-class advisory board marks another milestone in the development of Polaris. We are confident that we will be able to gain additional experts with knowledge of specific customer groups and regional expertise as senior advisors in the near future.’
In January, the Zurich-based asset manager hired Rolf Dreiseidler from Man Group as managing partner.