Adrian Warner – Chief Investment Officer
Adrian Warner is the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Avenir Capital and is responsible for the portfolio management of the fund. Prior to founding Avenir Capital, Adrian worked in private equity investment in Australia and the United States with a profitable investment record spanning over 20 years. Immediately prior to establishing Avenir, Adrian was Managing Director and part-owner of Catalyst Investment Managers Pty Ltd, a mid-market Australian private equity firm with approximately $900m funds under management as at December 2009. Prior to joining Catalyst, Adrian was Managing Director at CVC Asia Pacific Ltd, one of the leading private equity groups in Asia with approximately US$2.75 billion funds under management as at December 2006 and part of the CVC Capital Partners Group.
Prior to CVC, Adrian worked at Pacific Equity Partners Pty Ltd, the largest Australian-based private equity firm and also at AEA Investors Inc, one of the longest standing private equity groups in the United States. Prior to working in private equity, Adrian was a management consultant at Bain & Company and has worked in Australia, the United States and Asia.
Throughout his career, Adrian has focused on fundamental, value based investing and has been involved in numerous corporate transactions including both public and private companies. A significant part of his responsibilities involved overseeing and mentoring senior managers and working with those managers to develop and execute on value creation strategies within businesses.
Adrian holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from the University of New South Wales.
Peter Cozens – Chief Operating Officer
Peter Cozens is Chief Operating Officer and brings over 25 years of financial market experience to Avenir. Peter’s primary role is risk management for the Avenir Value Fund. He is also responsible for operations and compliance for Avenir Capital. Peter was co-founder and has been COO of Lanterne Asset Management for 11 years. Prior to Lanterne, Peter was a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston Australian Equities and before that worked at Bain and Company in London and at Roach, Tilley, Grice & Co. in Sydney.