The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is appointing Yana Watson Kakar as managing director and head of Americas.
In the new role, she’ll be a part of the investment organization’s global management team, contributing to its global strategy and implementation, the development of key relationships across the public, private and civil sectors and the deployment of constructive capital throughout the world, according to a press release.
Kakar will also serve as head of the Caisse’s New York office and oversee its offices in Mexico and Brazil to promote the group in the wider region with key stakeholders. She’ll also work closely with the heads of the asset classes in developing the organization’s investment strategy and partnerships across the Americas region.
Currently, she’s also the chief executive officer of Growth for Good, a special purpose acquisition company focused on sustainable companies critical to the decarbonization of the global economy. Previously, she held several roles at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, most recently as global managing partner.
“We are truly delighted to have Yana join the CDPQ team to lead our Americas region,” said Marc-André Blanchard, executive vice-president and head of the Caisse’s global and global head of sustainability. “Her track record as an inclusive business leader, commitment to sustainable investing and deep experience at the intersection of the public and private sectors will enable an immediate contribution to our constructive capital approach of creating solutions to the challenges that markets and communities face.”