Quantum Energy Partners appointed Ajay Khurana and Charles Baillie to serve as co-presidents as part of a series of strategic leadership appointments announced April 14 to support the Houston-based firm’s continued investments in growth across the “sustainable energy ecosystem.”

“I am excited to work closely with Ajay and Charles in their new roles to execute on a shared vision for Quantum,” Founder and CEO Wil VanLoh commented in a company release.

Khurana, managing partner and head of Quantum’s credit and structured capital strategies, has been promoted to co-president, effective immediately, according to the release. Quantum hired Baillie as co-president, effective September. Baillie joins Quantum from Goldman Sachs, where he will be retiring from at the end of April after 29 years with the firm, most recently as a partner.

“Ajay has proven to be invaluable to our team, and we are thrilled to continue to benefit from his vision and dedication,” VanLoh continued.

“We have known Charles since he first underwrote Goldman Sachs’ anchor commitment to our second flagship private equity fund in 2002,” he said, “and believe his many decades of experience starting, growing and leading business units at Goldman will be highly complementary and synergistic to our growth plans.”

Quantum has also promoted Keila Hand to the position of managing director and head of ESG, effective immediately. In addition, Quantum announced that it has hired Tommy Ho as chief talent Officer, effective immediately. Prior to Quantum, Ho spent more than a decade at the leadership advisory and executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, most recently serving as partner and head of Americas energy.


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“ESG and sustainability are critical competencies energy investors must possess and implement to successfully make, grow and exit investments in today’s climate- and socially-focused world. Keila has enabled Quantum to successfully build and utilize these core skills internally and with our portfolio companies, and her promotion directly reflects the value she is adding to our firm,” VanLoh commented.

“Additionally, human capital is the single greatest competitive advantage any investment firm can possess. Tommy’s proven capabilities to identify, hire, train and retain talent in the energy industry will be crucial to Quantum as we continue to grow our business.”

Founded in 1998, Quantum Energy Partners is a leading global provider of private equity, credit, structured capital and venture capital to the responsibly sourced energy and energy transition and decarbonization sectors—what the firm calls the “sustainable energy ecosystem.” Quantum and its affiliates have managed more than $18 billion in capital commitments since inception.