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Horizon Roads

Horizon Roads acquired the ConnectEast Group through a scheme of arrangement on 26 October 2011. The Horizon Roads investor group comprises:

  • Universities Superannuation Scheme (UK)
  • APG Infrastructure Pool 2011 (The Netherlands)
  • National Pension Service (Korea)
  • Leader Investment Corporation (China)
  • ATP (Denmark)
  • New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ)
  • Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (USA)
  • Mirae Asset / Korean Teachers Credit Union (Korea)
  • CP2 Limited and related entities (Australia).

Greig Gailey, Chairman

Greig Gailey was appointed Chairman of ConnectEast on 1 January 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.

Greig worked at BP from 1964 to 1998 where he held various positions throughout Australia and offshore. In mid 1998 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Fletcher Challenge Energy, until March 2001 when the company was acquired by Shell International. He joined Pasminco Limited, then the world’s largest zinc producer, in August 2001 as Chief Executive Officer. He oversaw the company’s relisting as Zinifex Limited on the ASX in April 2004 and was then appointed as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.

Greig has a long history of involvement in public policy as Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia from 2003 to 2005, Chairman of the International Zinc Association (Brussels) from 2006 to 2007, Treasurer and Council Member of the International Council for Mining and Metals (London) from 2001 to 2007, a board member of the Australian Mines and Metals Association from 2006 to 2007 and a member of the National Research Priorities Standing Committee in 2007. He was President of the Business Council of Australia from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President of the Business Council of Australia from 2009 to 2010.

Greig is presently Chairman of Caltex Australia Limited, Chairman of the Australian Advisory Board of Canada Steamship Lines (CSL Australia Ltd) and Deputy Chairman of Victorian Opera.

Charles Griplas, Managing Director

Charles Griplas joined ConnectEast as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in August 2014.

Prior to joining ConnectEast, Charles was the Chief Executive Officer of TT-Line Company Pty Ltd, the company that operates the Spirit of Tasmania vessels between mainland Australia and Tasmania. He was appointed as CEO of TT-Line in 2008, joining the company from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Oceania.

Charles has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of NSW and an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Hans-Martin Aerts, Director

APG Asset Management (APG)

Hans-Martin Aerts is the Head of Infrastructure Asia at APG Asset Management. APG Asset Management is specialized in managing pension capital, offering asset management services to the pension funds of the government, education and construction sectors and housing corporations in the Netherlands.

Based in the Hong Kong office, he is responsible for managing the infrastructure investments in Asia-Pacific.

Prior to working for APG, Hans-Martin was a Senior Portfolio Manager at ABP. He joined ABP in 2001 and has since worked in various areas, including infrastructure, structured finance and global equities. Hans-Martin is a CFA charter holder, and holds an MSc in Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Richard Gwangbum Koh, Director

National Pension Service (NPS)

Richard Gwangbum Koh is the Head of Global Infrastructure at National Pension Service of Republic of Korea (NPS). From 2008 to 2016, Richard was a senior vice president at the Global/Domestic Private Equity group at NPS. Prior to NPS, he was a senior analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Richard holds a BA from the Seoul National University and a Master’s Degree in Finance from the London Business School.

Kuk Khim, Global Infrastructure Investment Manager at National Pension Service, has been appointed as alternate director for Richard Gwangbum Koh

Gavin Merchant, Director

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Gavin Merchant joined USS in 2011 as Senior Investment Manager with responsibility for sourcing, evaluating and monitoring co-investments within the infrastructure portfolio.  Gavin reports to Mike Powell, Head of Alternative Assets and is a voting member of the Alternatives Investment Committee.  Gavin has worked in the infrastructure sector in the UK and Australia for fifteen years.

Prior to joining USS, Gavin was a Director at Equitix Limited.  Earlier in his career, Gavin was an Investment Director of ING’s European infrastructure fund having previously been a founder member of Merrill Lynch’s global infrastructure investments business.  Gavin also spent five years as a member of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s infrastructure and privatisation team. Gavin graduated with an honours degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh.  He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Mike Powell, Head of Alternative Assets at USS, has been appointed as alternate director for Gavin Merchant.

Rob Horsnall, Director

Investment Manager, Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Rob Horsnall is a Senior Investment Manager at USS, where he is responsible for origination and execution of private market transactions.  

He has led a number of equity transactions for USS including the 100% acquisition of Moto Hospitality, minority acquisition of Heathrow Airport and NATS, and the acquisition of Globalvia, a global toll road operator. Rob sits on a number of portfolio company boards for USS, including ConnectEast and Globalvia.

Rob holds a BA in history from the University of Liverpool and qualified as an ACA qualified accountant at Shipleys LLP.

Mike Powell, Head of Alternative Assets at USS, has been appointed as alternate director for Rob Horsnall.

Yan Wang, Director

China Investment Corporation

Yan Wang has been Head of the Infrastructure (Europe/Asia) group at China Investment Corporation (CIC) since March 2014. Previously, Yan was Head of CIC’s strategic fund group.

Prior to joining CIC, Yan worked for 8 years at Bank of China in its Commercial Banking and M&A divisions.

Yan is also non-executive director of Thames Water Utilities Ltd. She holds a Ph.D. in Finance.

Fuxin Sheng, Senior Vice President in the Infrastructure Investment Team of China Investment Corporation, has been appointed as alternate director for Yan Wang

Nancy Zhu, Director

Arbejdsmarkedets Tillagspension (ATP)

Nancy Zhu was Head of Investment Analysis at CP2 when Horizon Roads acquired ConnectEast in 2011. She resigned from CP2 in February 2015.

Nancy gained management and operational expertise with Sydney Airport where she worked for more than seven years. Nancy held senior management positions including Manager of Strategy and Finance, Trading Policy Manager and Transport Business Manager. She was directly involved in the trade sale of Sydney Airport in 2002 and the $500 million Sydney Airport redevelopment program.

Nancy was previously the Director and Head of Retail Services for CB Richard Ellis in Shanghai, a key property sector organisation and held responsibility across Greater China.  

Niels Jensen, Senior Portfolio Manager in the Investment team at ATP, has been appointed as alternate director for Nancy Zhu.