ARA names private funds CIO

HiredSingapore-based ARA Asset Management has appointed David Blight as chief investment officer (CIO) of its private funds division ARA Private Funds (APF). The appointment comes in the wake of ARA’s acquisition by Hong Kong-listed ESR Group, a transaction that created the third largest listed real estate asset manager globally with more than US$140 billion in assets under management. The new appointee will lead APF alongside ARA chief executive Moses Song. Blight is currently serving as chief executive of ARA Australia, a position he has held since co-founding the company in 2015. He was also chairman and CEO of ING’s global real estate investment management platform between 2005 and 2008. According to ESR, the growth of ARA’s private funds platform will be “integral to ESR Group’s strategy to create a unique fully integrated closed-loop solutions ecosystem for real estate globally” by offering both public and private funds for real estate asset classes. © 2022 funds global asia

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