Campbell Lutyens adds State Department economist to advisory board

Heidi Crebo-Rediker, chief executive of international capital strategies at US think tank the Council on Foreign Relations, is the latest high-profile hire for the advisory firm.

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Campbell Lutyens has appointed Heidi Crebo-Rediker, the chief executive of international capital strategies at influential US think tank the Council on Foreign Relations, to its global advisory board.

Before her think tank role, Crebo-Rediker was the US State Department’s first chief economist and before this was chief of international finance and economics for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Her US government roles came after nearly two decades in Europe as a senior investment banker, covering emerging and developed markets.

“We recognise the need to continually bring new perspectives to our business,” Gordon Bajnai, chairman of Campbell Lutyens’ global advisory board, said in a statement announcing Crebo-Rediker’s appointment. Her experience advising at the highest levels of US government and her understanding of emerging markets and the infrastructure sector will be valuable to Campbell Lutyens’ US expansion, he added.

The hire is the latest in a string of high-profile appointments for the London-headquartered advisory firm and placement agent. Bajnai, the former prime minister of Hungary, joined in April, followed by a trio of hires: Sir Peter Westmacott, the former British Ambassador to the US; Wayne Kozun, the former senior vice-president of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Teh Kok Peng, the former president and deputy managing director at Singapore’s GIC Special Investments.

The firm has more than 30 staff in the US, advising on both primary fund placement and secondaries transactions across private equity, infrastructure and private debt.