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Hunter Street Partners appoints Senior Advisor

Hunter Street Partners (Hunter Street), a Minneapolis-based alternative investment management firm, has appointed Marie Pillai as a Senior Advisor.  

Pillai, who most recently served as General Mills’ Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer before retiring in 2019, has had a distinguished career over three decades managing multibillion-dollar investment portfolios and leading financial and operational teams at Fortune 500 companies. During her time at General Mills, she oversaw a well-diversified portfolio encompassing overfunded pension, 401k, healthcare and foundation assets. 

Prior to that, Pillai was Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Siemens, managing and overseeing all aspects of their pension and 401(k) plan assets. She began her career at Procter & Gamble, taking leadership roles across category management, international operations, systems, brands, manufacturing and global retirement plan asset management during her 16-year tenure.
“We’re excited to have a proven leader of Marie’s calibre join our firm as Senior Advisor, and we look forward to her input and insights as we continue to build a leading alternative investment management firm,” says Neal Johnson, CEO and CIO of Hunter Street. “Her expertise in overseeing institutional portfolios will complement the ongoing guidance we receive from the existing members of our Senior Advisor team, particularly as we continue to build out our portfolio and team to deliver differentiated investment exposures to LPs.”
Hunter Street’s Senior Advisor team provides guidance to the firm on its investment strategy, internal operations, business development, and transactions. 

Pillai serves on non-profit investment boards including the University of Minnesota, Catholic Community Foundation, the Bush Foundation, and the Archdiocese of Minneapolis & St Paul. She also served on the Board of Catholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis and chaired its Investment Committee for six years. Pillai holds a Bachelor’s degree from St Xavier’s College in India and an MBA from Case Western University in finance and marketing. She also earned her Master’s in international economics from Temple University. 

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