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First Reserve makes senior promotions across infrastructure, buyout funds

12 Dec 2012

Energy-focused First Reserve Corporation has promoted five senior investment team members within its infrastructure and buyout funds in Greenwich, Houston and London.

“I am extremely proud of the team that we have built and these promotions reflect our continued commitment to growing our intellectual capital and rewarding excellence across our global network,” said William Macaulay, CEO of First Reserve .

“In my view, our investment team has never been as strong as it is today.”

John Barry, Alex Williams and Neil Wizel have all been promoted to managing director.

Barry joined the firm’s London office in 2009 and works within First Reserve’s Energy Infrastructure Fund (FREIF), is a member of the FREIF investment committee and manages the Renovalia Reserve investment.

Previously, he was a director in Merrill Lynch’s infrastructure equity investment business. Prior to that he was a director at 3i Group.

Williams is involved in all areas of the worldwide natural resources industry, with particular expertise in mining and infrastructure related sectors.

He helped build the firm’s presence in mining and mining equipment and services since he joined the firm in 2008.

Williams is also a member of the board of directors of Calibre Global and Connect Resource Services and is involved with portfolio companies Southern Cross and Glencore.

Prior to First Reserve he was a director at 3i where he spent nine years in the firm’s European buy-out business.

Wizel focuses of First Reserve’s buyout investment capability in the downstream and oilfield service areas.

He serves on the board of portfolio companies PBF Energy, Saxon Energy Services and Deep Gulf Energyand will also join the board of TPC Group upon the completion of the transaction.

He joined First Reserve in 2007 from the Greenbriar Equity Group, a transportation-focused private equity firm.

In addition Adi Blum and Mark Saxe have been promoted to director.

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