Ardian Infrastructure hires managing director

French fund Ardian Infrastructure has appointed senior energy executive Simo Santavirta as managing director.

Santavirta joins Ardian Infrastructure with over 18 years’ industry experience, of which 13 years were spent at the global power generation group InterGen, while being based in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.

At InterGen, most recently he held the position of vice president, strategy and portfolio management, based in InterGen’s head office in the US.

Prior to that, his other roles at InterGen include vice president and general manager in the Philippines and director of Business Development for North West Europe. An engineer by background, Santavirta started his career at Finnish energy company, Fortum Oyj in 1998.

Santavirta’s appointment follows several strategic investments in the energy sector by Ardian Infrastructure over the last year including CLH, ENOVOS and Geosel. He will be based in Paris and will coordinate asset management across the Ardian Infrastructure portfolio.

“Simo brings to Ardian unique experience in the energy industry. We are seeing many more opportunities in this area, and Simo’s skills and insight will be deployed across our portfolio,” said Mathias Burghardt, head of Ardian Infrastructure.

“We are moving towards an industrial approach of our energy and transport infrastructures to ensure we deliver the best results for all stakeholders, from investors to public and private partners,” Burghardt said.

In January of this year, Ardian Infrastructure announced that it had completed the fundraising of its fourth fund, at €2.65bn, making it the largest European infrastructure fund to date.

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