Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners (Quinbrook), a global investment manager focused exclusively on lower carbon and renewable energy infrastructure investment and operational asset management in the US, the UK and Australia, has made three new appointments to its Houston based investment team.
Hank Jones has been appointed to the role of Managing Director. Jones is an energy industry veteran with over 33 years of experience in building and managing wholesale energy trading, power marketing, asset optimisation and logistics businesses for public and private companies in both North America and Europe. He joins Quinbrook from Dynegy Inc, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer responsible for the commercial optimisation of 26 GW of power generation assets diversified across multiple US states. Jones managed the fundamental market analysis team at Dynegy, responsible for all wholesale market-facing activities including energy hedging, fuel procurement and logistics, asset management and capacity sales negotiations. Prior to Dynegy, Hank was Head of North American Power & Gas Sales, Trading and Origination at Deutsche Bank and was formerly the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Trading for EDF Trading North America.
David Scaysbrook, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Quinbrook, says: “Understanding power markets and their changing risk dynamics is core to our business and Hank’s decades of experience in leading the management of energy commodity pricing is hugely relevant to Quinbrook’s strategy.”
William Blake joins Quinbrook as Vice President in the Houston office with over five years of experience in renewable and conventional energy investment, project development and M&A. Prior to Quinbrook, Blake was an Associate at Denham Capital in London where he was responsible for financial modelling, execution and monitoring of Denham Capital’s international power investments. William was formerly an Analyst in the Global Energy & Power Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York.
Dennis Mou also joins Quinbrook as Associate from EDP Renewables in Houston where he has spent the past two years undertaking the financial analysis and evaluation of EDP’s US wind and solar projects. He specialises in financial modelling, risk/return sensitivity assessment and critical evaluation of a variety of complex tax equity structures, partnership arrangements and commercial due diligence. Mou has developed and enhanced training protocols for detailed financial analyses and prior to EDP he collaborated with the Rice University, Houston, to develop online courses on business statistics and analytics.
Scaysbrook adds: “The appointment of Hank, William and Dennis is an important step in the continued build out of our US investment team. This team of industry professionals has the diversity of skills we need to successfully pursue and execute the opportunities emerging from the accelerating energy transition.”
Rory Quinlan, Co-Founder and Managing Partnerm says: “We are delighted to have attracted such experienced professionals to our US team. Hank’s industry perspective is consistent with our approach and both William and Dennis bring analytical and deal execution capability. Together with Mathew Nicklos, Quinbrook Senior Director and Rob Kerr our US COO in Houston, we are positioned well to tackle the deep project pipeline we have assembled within our numerous portfolio companies.”