(PR Newswire) Jaguar Growth Partners, a real estate private equity firm focused exclusively on global growth markets outside of the United States, announced today the appointment of Ian Wilkin as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Wilkin will also join Jaguar’s Investment Committee.
The appointment of Mr. Wilkin reflects the development of Jaguar’s senior management team and follows several key hires last year. “We recognize that creating a best-in-class investment firm requires strong financial reporting and risk management capabilities,” said Gary Garrabrant, Managing Partner of Jaguar. “Ian’s experience, knowledge and operations skills will have a significant benefit for our investments and clients across the globe,” added Managing Partner Thomas McDonald.
Prior to joining Jaguar, Mr. Wilkin was Head of Decision Support for Real Estate & Infrastructure at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), where he was responsible for the financial and management reporting for a multi-billion multi-national, multiple asset class real estate portfolio (including office, residential, retail, industrial and hospitality) across several hundred geographically diverse legal entities.
With responsibility for the development of operational strategy, Mr. Wilkin also led a number of global operations transformation programs including re-design and implementation of organization operating models, design and implementation of policy, process and control frameworks, and the implementation of bespoke financial and management reporting systems in conjunction with over 100 asset and fund manager partner organizations across the globe. Mr. Wilkin also served as a member of the Real Estate Risk Management Committee with responsibility for the implementation of risk management policies related to development activity, financing and cash management.
Prior to ADIA, Mr. Wilkin worked with Ernst & Young (EY) in the United Kingdom where he led a number of global accounting and advisory engagements, including International Financial Reporting conversion projects and advising the Scottish Government on a range of financial reporting initiatives. In addition to these engagements, Mr. Wilkin led audits of London Stock Exchange and AIM-listed organizations, including those with operations spanning Europe, Asia and Africa. During this time, Mr. Wilkin also served as Interim Finance Director of a not-for-profit hospital in Malawi, East Africa where he was responsible for restructuring the financial control function. Mr. Wilkin is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) and holds a B.A. in Management from the University of Hull. He is also conversant in French.