The Church Pension Fund has named Eric Mason, senior vice president, to head its new Asian investment office, according to an announcement on April 8. Mason, who will be based in Hong Kong, is a veteran of the Asian financial industry, working with private equity funds. He will oversee CPF investments in the region across all asset classes.
Prior to joining the Church Pension Fund, Mason was head of Carlyle's Asian Leverage Finance Fund, beginning in June 2007. Before that, he spent more than 12 years with JPMorgan, most recently as regional head of syndicated and leveraged finance, where he has been extensively involved in the private equity industry since its inception in the region.
"We are thrilled that Eric has joined the team and we hope that this underscores to fund managers in the region our commitment to building long-term and lasting relationships in the region and across the globe," said William L. Cobb, CPF's chief investment officer . "We are confident that Eric's deep roots in the region and extensive experience will be a great fit for us and our investing partners."
Founded in 1914 and headquartered in New York City, the Church Pension Fund is one of the oldest defined benefit pension plans in the United States, with more than $7 billion in assets. The Fund administers the benefit plan for the retired clergy of The Episcopal Church, which comprises all dioceses in the United States plus a number of non-domestic dioceses. The Fund has substantial commitments to Asia in both private equity and real estate, and expects to increase its investing in Asia based on the strong long-term fundamentals of the region.