The PEP investment team shares more than 600 years of collective experience

Comprehensive investment experience

Strong and consistent track record

Deep global networks

PEP Gateway Investment Team
Cameron Blanks | Managing Director
Cameron Blanks
Managing Director

Cameron joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2002. Prior to joining PEP, Cameron spent three years with Bain & Company in Australia and North America. Previously, Cameron worked for seven years in the mining and construction industry in Australia, Asia and North America. He received an MBA from MIT Sloan, and a MEng and BEng (First Class Honours) from the University of South Australia where he was a Graduate Society Scholar.

Rickard Gardell | Managing Director
Rickard Gardell
Managing Director

Rickard is a founder of Pacific Equity Partners and a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Prior to founding PEP, Rickard was a Director of Bain & Company and had 14 years of consulting experience in Europe, Asia and Australasia. Rickard received a Bachelor of Science from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) (1981-84) where he was awarded Carl Liljevalchs Scholar and IMP Scholar. As IMP scholar, he attended the MBA program at McGill University for half of his last year.

Bowrun Hou | Associate
Bowrun Hou
Associate

Bowrun joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2022. Prior to joining PEP he was a management consultant at EY Port Jackson Partners. Bowrun graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws.

Rosie Johnson | Director - ESG
Rosie Johnson
Director - ESG

Rosie joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2021. Before joining PEP, Rosie was a Senior Associate at Brookfield Asset Management where she was heavily involved in their Property Group’s ESG initiatives both as a founding member of the ESG Steering Committee and as a contact for their portfolio companies to  build sustainable businesses and to integrate ESG initiatives into their investment theses. Prior to that, Rosie was an associate at MinterEllison’s Sydney Corporate M&A Group. Rosie received a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University, completing a number finance and marketing subjects at Babson College, Massachusetts.

Sam Kong | Managing Director
Sam Kong
Managing Director

Prior to joining Pacific Equity Partners in 1998, Sam was a senior accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he advised clients in the financial services, retail, shipping and manufacturing industries. Also, he was involved in several mergers and acquisitions in the Greater China region. Sam received a BEc from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales. He is a Certified Practising Accountant.

Alex Ovchar | Managing Director
Alex Ovchar
Managing Director

Alex joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2011. Before joining PEP, Alex was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in London.  Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Alex was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Sydney. Alex received a PLD from Harvard Business School, and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Adelaide, where he was the Valedictorian.

Simon Pillar | Managing Director
Simon Pillar
Managing Director

Simon is a founder of Pacific Equity Partners and chairs the firm’s Operating Committee. Prior to founding PEP, Simon was a Partner with Bain & Company and worked as a strategy consultant in the US, Singapore and Sydney. He started his working life as an engineer with The Royal Dutch/Shell Group in The Netherlands. Simon received a first class degree (BSc (Eng) in Civil Engineering) from the University of Bristol where he received the Institution of Civil Engineers Award, and an MBA from the Wharton School where he was a Thouron Scholar.

Paul Ryan | Portfolio Manager
Paul Ryan
Portfolio Manager

Paul joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2013. Before joining PEP, he was at Deustche Bank and Dakota Capital. He holds a Bcom (Hons) from the University of Auckland.

Tim Sims | Managing Director
Tim Sims
Managing Director

Tim is a founder of Pacific Equity Partners and is a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Prior to founding PEP, Tim was the Chairman and Managing Director of Bain & Company’s Australasian and African operations and a member of Bain & Company’s Global Executive Committee. Tim has also served on a number of government committees and led national strategy projects. Tim received a BA/MA from Oxford University where he was a Mitsui European Scholar and an MPA from Harvard where he was a Kennedy Scholar. In 2019, Tim was made a member in the general division of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through philanthropic initiatives.

Justin Zhu | Senior Analyst
Justin Zhu
Senior Analyst

Justin joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2024. Prior to joining PEP, he worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Record Point. Justin holds a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.