April 20, 2016 | Press Release
HQ Capital appoints Barbara Knoflach and Philipp Geller to Supervisory Board
Frankfurt, April 20, 2016 — HQ Capital, a leading independent investment manager for alternative assets, announced today that it has appointed to its Supervisory Board Barbara Knoflach, effective March 1, 2016, and Philipp Geller, effective April 1, 2016. Ms. Knoflach and Mr. Geller join existing board members Gabriele Quandt, Dr. Axel May and Chairman Dr. Thomas Jetter, expanding the group to five members. HQ Capital currently manages approximately $6 billion in private equity investments and has $6 billion in assets under management in its real estate business.
As Deputy Chief Executive & Global Head of Investment Management of BNP Paribas Real Estate, Ms. Knoflach is responsible for the strategy of the business unit. Previously, she spent more than 20 years at SEB, most recently as Chair of SEB Asset Management AG. Under her leadership, SEB Investment GmbH, the fund management business, saw its volume of total assets under management increase from two billion to over 12 billion euros by December 31, 2014.
Ms. Knoflach is engaged in numerous associations and organizations that, among other objectives, strive to further develop the quality standards in the real estate sector and continually improve vocational training. For example, she served as a management board member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) and currently is a committee member of the German Property Federation (ZIA). Additionally, she serves on the international advisory board of the inter-disciplinary real estate program, Real Estate Academic Initiative (REAI), at Harvard University.
Mr. Geller, a Partner at HQ Trust, has overseen equity fund manager selection for HQ Trust since October 2011. Previously, he worked at UBS for seven years and, before then, at Sauerborn Trust, where he was responsible for equity fund research in Germany. Mr. Geller began his career with Julius Baer in 1998 as a sell-side equity analyst.