OMERS PE loses two senior level private equity officials

Two senior-level private equity officials left OMERS Private Equity this year for undisclosed reasons.

The officials are Don Morrison, executive vice president and senior managing director in asset management and operations in the private markets team at OMERS PE; and Lisa Melchior, managing director.

Melchior sent a “friends and family” email about her departure from the team in July. It’s unclear when or why Morrison left the system.

Neil Hrab, a spokesman with OMERS PE, did not respond to a request for comment.

Morrison joined OMERS PE in 2003. Previously, he’d focused on restructurings at PricewaterhouseCoopers, according to his bio in an archived version of OMERS’s website. He also worked in the venture capital industry, the biography said.

Melchior joined in 1999 and was responsible primarily for investments in the technology and media sector. She led OMERS PE’s technology, media and telecom team with a focus on software, an archived version of her OMERS biography said.

Prior to OMERS PE, Melchior worked for six years at CIBC World Markets, and at Wood Gundy in investment banking, the biography said.

OMERS PE went through a leadership reorganization in July after European private equity chief Mark Redman moved into a global role last year, according to an article from Dow Jones. Managing Directors Jonathan Mussellwhite and Martin Le Huray became co-heads of European investing, while Managing Director Tim Patterson was made head of the Toronto office, the OMERS website said.

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