January 17, 2022 / Media Release
• Blue Earth Capital AG (BlueEarth) has appointed Stephen Marquardt as its new CEO effective March 1, 2022. He has a long and successful track record as CEO and board member in the private equity business and in impact investing.
• Stephen Marquardt replaces long-time CEO and co-founder Urs Baumann, who will leave BlueEarth as of May 31, 2022, but will remain associated with the company as an advisor to the Board of Directors and as an investor in the funds.
Stephen Marquardt will join BlueEarth on January 17, 2022, and will assume the CEO role on March 1, 2022, after a short induction period. Urs Baumann will assist him until his departure to ensure a smooth transition in operational management.
Stephen Marquardt has focused on private equity and venture capital throughout his financial career. He served as CEO of private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co.; on the Board and investment committee of Bridges Ventures, the UK-based specialist private markets investor focusing on impact investments; and on the Executive Committee of Coller Capital Ltd. Prior to these roles, he was a Managing Director of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch. He holds degrees from Harvard University (MBA), Loyola University of Chicago (JD) and Northwestern University (BA).
Urs Wietlisbach, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of BlueEarth, said, “We are happy to have found in Stephen Marquardt a very senior professional who combines extensive private equity and impact investment experience. We would like to thank Urs Baumann already now for his extraordinary commitment in building BlueEarth to be an important force in the field of impact investing. We wish him all the best and much success in his new role.”
Urs Baumann: “I am extremely pleased to be able to place the management of BlueEarth in the capable hands of Stephen Marquardt. I am convinced that BlueEarth will continue to thrive and achieve its vision under his leadership.”
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About Blue Earth Capital
Blue Earth Capital is an independent global impact investment firm, headquartered in Baar-Zug, Switzerland with operations in New York, London and Singapore. It manages investment strategies for an international clientele of professional investors who are seeking investment solutions that offer market-rate returns, while also helping to address pressing social or environmental challenges.
Initiated in 2015 by Urs Wietlisbach and backed by the Ursimone Wietlisbach Foundation, Blue Earth Capital has been incubated and built-up with the support of Partners Group, leveraging its experience as a leading global private markets firm.
Blue Earth Capital is fully owned by Blue Earth Foundation, a Swiss not-for-profit organization which protects the impact mission of Blue Earth Capital and re-invests 100% of the firm’s operating profits in support of its philanthropic activities.