October 8, 2020 – New York City-based Jensen Partners has made two senior appointments, naming Peter Sipsas as managing director and global head of private equity and credit, and Meredith Flynn as head of market intelligence.
Mr. Sipsas and Ms. Flynn, who will both be based in New York, will expand the firm’s alternative investments recruiting platform to 17 and launch a new dedicated practice for investment professionals.
“Both Peter and Meredith are proven leaders in the industry and each brings considerable private markets expertise and established relationships with investors and candidates,” said Sasha Jensen, founder and CEO of Jensen Partners. “They will accelerate the global growth of our firm and provide valuable insights to our alternative investment management clients.”
Mr. Sipsas brings to Jensen Partners more than 13 years of retained executive search experience in financial services. He will oversee the firm’s expansion into investment professional recruitment. Previously, he founded PJ Sipsas, an independent executive search consultancy that focused on professional services and advised CEOs and management teams at Korn Ferry, Heidrick & Struggles, Caldwell Partners and Russell Reynolds. Mr. Sipsas also worked on Solomon Page Group’s capital markets team in New York and London, where he recruited both sell-side investment banking and sales and trading professionals for large investment banks, as well as investment professionals for private equity firms and hedge funds.
Ms. Flynn brings nearly 20 years of retained executive search and institutional investing experience. She will lead Jensen Partners’ strategic research and business development efforts globally. She will also analyze business opportunities and support Mr. Sipsas in building out the private equity and private credit products. In addition, she will support George Lewis’ infrastructure practice and Peter Mayer’s European expansion. Previously, Ms. Flynn was knowledge manager at Korn Ferry, where she supported the firm’s global private markets and family office practices. She managed all private market research and reporting for the firm, provided informed views on market trends and sourced suitable firms and candidates. She has also held various institutional marketing and sales roles at ING U.S. Investment Management, Barclays Global Investors and Morgan Stanley Investment Management.
In addition, Ms. Flynn has extensive institutional investor experience and relationships with large limited partners in the U.S. She served as a lead investment analyst for Alameda County (CA) Employees’ Retirement Association (ACERA) for more than six years. She was also a private equity investment operations analyst for the North Carolina Department of the State Treasurer, where she managed public reporting and the capital contributions/distributions of more than 100 funds.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to join Jensen Partners and partner with Sasha to grow the business beyond distribution,” Mr. Sipsas said. “I look forward to applying her innovative data-intensive mapping approach and ensuring clients expand beyond the usual talent pools to attract highly qualified, diverse investment professionals.”
Mr. Sipsas began his career as a legal recruiter at Robert Hadley Associates, where he placed associates at large corporate law firms. He started as a reporter’s assistant at the cable news channel NY1 and served as a human resources generalist at the Associated Press. He graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York.
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Ms. Flynn earned an MBA in finance and marketing and a bachelor’s degree in Japanese studies from the University of San Francisco. She is a retired lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, having served as a supply corps officer.
Jensen Partners is a global advisory, corporate development and executive search firm that leverages its relationships in the investor and alternative asset management community to source and recruit capital-raising candidates. The firm takes a data-driven approach, combining quantitative and qualitative insights to source and place the ideal human capital. In addition to executive search, Jensen Partners offers LP/GP referencing, proprietary 360° investor referencing methodology, and compensation benchmarking and analysis.
Jensen Partners leverages its investor relationships as well as its proprietary big data recruitment and competitor intelligence market mapping model to source and place capital raising professionals. This model is based on the firm’s global database of more than 22,000 global alternative capital raisers, which includes professionals from private equity firms, private credit firms, real estate investment firms, real asset investors, infrastructure investors and hedge funds.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media