HOUSTON--The team leading Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners' U.S. operations out of this city has undergone several changes this year, most recently with the arrival of a senior figure who has relocated from Australia and the departure of one of the firm's co-heads of North America.
The regional co-head who has left the firm is former senior managing director Jeff Hunter, who had been with the infrastructure fund manager since 2016. He is no longer listed on the firm's website and a deal watcher here says he left last month along with Kenton Harder, a vice president.
The new arrival, meanwhile, is Rob Kerr, who was until May a managing director in the firm's Sydney office but is now chief operating officer, U.S., according to his LinkedIn profile.
Other changes in the Houston office this year include the exit of a director, Allen Brisch, who has a new job at developer Ecoplexus, and the addition of a senior director, former project finance and investment banker Matthew Nicklos, from Quantum Utility Generation. The date of Brisch's departure could not immediately be learned. Nicklos joined in March.
Spokespeople for Quinbrook in New York did not respond to a request for comment on the personnel changes.
The infrastructure fund manager started building out its presence in Houston in 2016, bringing on Arctas Capital Group co-founder Shawn Cumberland as a senior M.D. and head of investment activity in North America.
Hunter, a former gas trader who went on to co-found independent power producer US Power Gen and private equity firm Power Capital Advisors (PFR, 10/21/13), joined Quinbrook at the same time.
After Cumberland left the firm in August last year to join battery storage shop Prisma Energy, Hunter was promoted to senior M.D. and became regional co-head along with Bob McClenachan.
Quinbrook hit final close on its Low Carbon Power Fund in March, having raised $1.6 billion. The firm's investments in the U.S. include wind developer Scout Clean Energy, wind, solar and battery storage company Glidepath Power Solutions, and distributed solar firm Primergy.
Glidepath broke ground on its 10 MW/10 MWh Prospect battery storage facility 50 miles south of Houston on June 16 and expects to bring it online in August. The construction of the project is being financed entirely with equity and it will sell its output spot in Ercot.
Quinbrook also recently won a 25-year contract with NV Energy for a 690 MW solar-plus-battery storage project in Nevada called Gemini, which is being developed by Arevia Power (PFR, 6/25).