The Ardent Companies (“Ardent”), the US-based real estate investment and asset management firm, has bolstered its team with the appointment of Suzie Cooper as its UK Finance Director. Suzie brings a wealth of experience in Real Estate finance, joining from London-based investment firm, Henley Investment Management, where she led the corporate finance function and designed the financial control environment to enable further growth. Preceding her role at Henley, Suzie worked for Grosvenor Estate for over 17 years.
In her new role, Suzie will work alongside the UK co-Managing Directors Andrew Hilston and Richard Benson to raise UK capital as well as support the investment and performance analysis of Ardent’s acquisitions, leasing and disposals. With Suzie’s added expertise, Ardent will be able to accelerate its UK growth by adding to its diverse portfolio of opportunity-led investments which span multiple sectors across the entire UK.
Richard Benson, Managing Director, Ardent, commented: “We are impressed by Suzie’s extensive track record as a senior finance professional, with experience across private equity, investment and asset management firms. Suzie’s experience of designing and implementing streamlined processes to drive efficiency will prove invaluable as we look to grow our UK portfolio and expand into new cities and sectors in the coming months.
Suzie Cooper commented: “Ardent’s incredible ambition and rapid growth in the UK market was a major attraction of the role. I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with the team as we continue to expand Ardent’s impressive portfolio.”