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Temasek Holdings announces changes in Senior Appointments

According to the press release, “Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited (“Temasek”) is pleased to confirm the following changes in its leadership team.  Mr Hsieh Fu Hua has joined Temasek as Executive Director and President with effect from 1 August 2010, and Mr Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara will join Temasek as Head, Portfolio Management with effect from 1 September 2010.  Currently Executive Director, Mr Simon Israel will assume the role of Executive Director and President, while Mr Gregory Curl will join Temasek as President. Both appointments will take effect from 1 September 2010. Hsieh Fu Hua, Simon Israel and Greg Curl will work in close partnership with Temasek CEO Ho Ching to support the Temasek senior leadership team to build a sustainable institution that creates and delivers long term shareholder value.

Hsieh Fu Hua, 60, oversees Temasek’s institutional and capacity building initiatives, including the company’s platform for leadership and talent development, as well as risk management.

Simon Israel, 57, provides leadership in building and enhancing value creation in Temasek’s Singapore investments, as well as oversees its engagement with Australia and New Zealand markets, in his concurrent role as Head Singapore and Head Australia/New Zealand.

Greg Curl, 62, will oversee Temasek’s interests in financial services, and support its strategic engagement in the Americas. Greg retired from Bank of America in March this year, where he was credited to be “a principal architect of one of the world’s premier financial services franchises”, and brings with him 34 years of banking and international M&A experience.

In addition to his role as Head of Portfolio Management, Dilhan Pillay, 47, will also take on the role of co-Head Singapore to support Simon Israel along with the senior leadership team.

Ms Ho Ching, Executive Director & CEO of Temasek Holdings said, “I have been very privileged to have the opportunity to work with a highly committed and driven team with diverse backgrounds, experience and capabilities. Along with Simon and other members of our senior team, Fu Hua, Greg and Dilhan will add tremendous depth to our bench strength, as we continue to forge a partnership culture with an ownership mindset, and further hone our capabilities as an investment house.””

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CIC Sells 10% Logicor Stake to Blackstone Fund

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) is selling a 10% stake of in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd to a real estate fund managed by The Blackstone Group. Furthermore, CIC also hired Blackstone to oversee and manage Logicor’s warehouses and logistic properties portfolio.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Fintech Affirm Raises $200 Million in Series E Led By Singapore’s GIC

Affirm Inc., a financial technology firm which provides instant loans to consumers as an alternative to credit cards for their online shopping, has raised US$ 200 million in a Series E round lead by Singapore’s GIC Private Limited, with participation from Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Spark Capital, Caffeinated Capital, and Ribbit Capital. The new infusion of capital brings the San Francisco-based company’s total funding to US$ 450 million and a reported valuation of US$ 2 billion.

The company is founded by Max Levchin, a co-founder of PayPal (part of the PayPal mafia, dubbed by the tech press). Max Levchin is also an advisory board member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFSB) in the United States.

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CHANGE: Saudi Arabia to Re-Open Movie Theaters, PIF Inks MoU with AMC

The Saudi Arabian government is ending its 35-year ban on cinemas. Next year, the government will allow cinemas to open. This watershed moment provides opportunities for entertainment companies to invest in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding region.

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