Private equity manager AIIM appoints new directors as CEO retires

AFRICA – African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), a member of Old Mutual Alternative Investments, has appointed two joint-managing directors to be based in Cape Town and Lagos, following the retirement of the CEO Jurie Swart.

Vuyo Ntoi and Sola Lawson, have been appointed from within the business, and will continue to sit in their South Africa and Nigeria offices respectively, as two of AIIM’s key markets in sub Saharan Africa.

As AIIM’s new joint-MD’s, they take over from Jurie Swart, who has been CEO of AIIM since 2014 and recently elected to take early retirement to focus on a new challenge outside the AIIM business. 

“Vuyo and Sola have both been integral members of the AIIM team for many years and bring with them extensive and varied investment experience and leadership skills,” Paul Boynton, non-executive chairman of the Board at AIIM said.

“On behalf of the entire Board, I am looking forward to working even closer with them in their new joint-MD roles as the business continues to expand and move forward.” 

Ntoi has been a member of the senior management team at AIIM for over a decade and is the co-portfolio manager of AIIM’s IDEAS Managed Fund, one of South Africa’s largest domestic infrastructure equity funds.

He was also involved in the initial roll out of the business across the continent and has led and participated in high profile and pioneering projects in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Mali.

“I am very excited to step into this new joint role, continuing to work with Sola and the Exco team to drive the strategy that we have had in place, which has and continues to deliver excellent outcomes for our investors and stakeholders,” Ntoi said.

Lawson joined AIIM in 2011, founding the Nigeria office, AIIM’s first permanent establishment in Africa outside of South Africa.

He has been a member of the senior management team at AIIM since joining and is a member of the IDEAS investment committee.

Lawson has played a leading role in originating, executing and managing c. US$500m of AIIM-managed fund investments across Africa, serving on the board of directors of several AIIM portfolio companies within the digital infrastructure, power/renewables and midstream sectors.

Prior to joining AIIM, Lawson was a member of the infrastructure funds team at Macquarie Group, and prior to that worked at PwC London.

“I am honoured to take on the role of joint-MD of AIIM and look forward to working closely with Vuyo and the wider team to continue to build on the strong foundations developed throughout Jurie’s time as CEO and to help progress AIIM’s strategic journey,” Lawson commented.

African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) develops and manages private equity infrastructure funds designed to invest long-term institutional unlisted equity in African infrastructure projects.

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