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PPM Announces Addition of Industry Vet to Strengthen Private Equity Practice


CHICAGO–()–PPM America, Inc. (“PPM”) today welcomes Melissa FitzGerald as the new Vice President, Private Equity Investor Relations in the firm’s Business Development and Client Relationship Management Team. With 13 years in the investment services industry, Melissa joins the Chicago office from UBS where she was a client relationship manager for the institutional asset management business. Melissa’s role will primarily focus on leading all aspects of client relations in support of PPM America Capital Partners (“PPMACP”), the private equity arm of PPM, as well as other parts of PPM’s alternative asset classes including real estate and private credit.

The 9-person PPMACP investment team averages 26 years of investment experience including 21 years of average firm tenure. PPMACP has both a dedicated co-investment team and private equity fund investment team, which operate as an integrated private equity team. As of December 31, 2021, the private equity program had $5.39 billion in assets under management with over $10 billion in historical capital commitments across primary funds and co-investments.

“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, Melissa worked in roles at Guggenheim Partners, UBS Hedge Fund Solutions and Ernst & Young LLP. Melissa earned both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting from the University of Michigan.

Melissa stated, “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.”

About PPM America Capital Partners

Our mission is to be indispensable to our clients.

PPM’s private equity capabilities were established in 1991 and PPMACP launched PPM’s first co-investment fund in 2000. Since its inception, PPM’s private equity team has navigated multiple market cycles focusing primarily on North America buyout and growth opportunities. PPM’s private equity team manages both primary fund investments as well as sponsor-led co-investments. For more information, please visit PPM’s website at ppmamerica.com/our-strategies/private-equity.

Founded in 1990, PPM is a US-based institutional asset manager with $75.60 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2022. We have the expertise to provide client investment solutions in public fixed income, private equity and private debt. Our investment approach is guided by team-based values and our firm size allows us to remain nimble and investment-led.

PPM is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Jackson Financial Inc. (“Jackson”, NYSE: JXN), a publicly traded company. Jackson is a US retirement services provider with market leadership supported by its diverse portfolio of differentiated products, efficient and scalable operating platform and industry-leading distribution network.

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