Gareth Henry has been the global head of investor relations since January 2014, first for Fortress Investment Group and then for Angelo, Gordon & Co. He works with institutional investors around the globe who want to invest some of their portfolios in alternative investments such as hedge funds, private equity, and private credit. Read more on everybodywiki.com
His position requires someone with a diverse skill set. Gareth Henry has an actuarial mathematics degree which he says he needs in order to understand the mathematical complexity of the investment strategies the hedge fund managers he works with follow. He also needs to have great communication skills as he works with clients throughout the day, both over the phone and in person. Not many people bring these two skill sets together which is why his services are in high demand.
He believes that the only way to truly meet the needs of his clients is to fully understand what their needs are. He’ll make at least eight or ten phone calls each day to the people he is working with. He has working lunches and dinners where he will meet clients in restaurants across New York City. Gareth Henry figures he has at least in-person meetings a year and that having 1,000 is a good goal for him to have.
As he works with clients in Europe and Asia he starts each workday at 7 am. He works Sunday mornings so that he can contact his Middle Eastern clients as well as some in Japan and Korea. He is very passionate about the work that he does so he dedicates a lot of time to it.
Gareth Henry says there are two major trends in the world of alternative investments which he is pretty excited about. The first one is that more and more of his clients want to invest in single assets involving private credit or private equity. The other one is the heightened interest among fund managers in both cryptocurrencies and blockchain. He says that a lot of highly skilled fund managers are starting to invest in these which is making them a more legitimate investment than they otherwise were in the past.