Appian Capital Advisory, investment advisor to private equity funds that invest solely in mining and mining-related companies, has announced the appointment of Richard Johnson as a managing director and the company’s global head of investor relations.
As global head of investor relations, Johnson will lead the investor relations team working across Appian’s portfolio, managing relationships with existing investors and attracting new investors to the company, working closely with the executive team to co-ordinate strategic business development, Appian said in a press release.
He will advise and work with the portfolio company financial teams to ensure their businesses reach their potential, and will also co-ordinate and participate in due diligence ahead of acquisitions by Appian.
Johnson has spent over 30 years in the financial markets, successfully raising over $15 billion in alternative capital as an individual and over $60 billion as a manager for general partners.
Prior to joining Appian, Johnson was partner and co-head of global distribution banking at Mercury Capital Advisors, a placement agent, and prior to this was managing director and global head of client solutions at Campbell & Co, an investment management company.
With expertise in fundraising, strategic business development, sales and marketing, Johnson has also served as a managing director for Ellington Management Group LLC, Credit Suisse Alternative Investments, Graham Capital Management, Citi Alternative Investments (CAI), and Stanfield Capital.
He co-founded ING’s Global High Yield and Emerging Market business, and has served on several boards including the Emerging Market Trading Association as a director.
Prior to his seven-year career at ING, Johnson worked with a few Wall Street houses as a highly ranked capital markets distribution banker in fixed income. He began his career with Salomon Brothers in the same year he received his B.S. from Indiana University.
“Richard joins Appian at a very exciting time following our successful Fund II raise, as the business continues on its growth trajectory through the expansion of new and existing assets, primarily within key energy transition commodities,” Michael W. Scherb, founder and CEO of Appian said.
“Appian is the leading private capital provider to the metals and mining sector and I am thrilled to be able to offer best in class solutions to our worldwide LPs as we continue in the next stage of our growth,” said Johnson.
“The business has a strong track-record and is well positioned for the future, as investors look to benefit from its unique investment style, deep technical expertise and exposure to key commodities and markets. I look forward to being part of the company’s next phase of development, as the team seeks new investment opportunities.”