Christopher Lennon is a Principal of The Townsend Group, a member of the Investment Committee and the lead portfolio manager for seven real estate investment programs ranging in size from $100 million to $500 million. In addition, Mr. Lennon has underwriting responsibility for the Core Open Ended Fund Universe with a specialization in the newly formed entities. Mr. Lennon has acted as the lead underwriter for over $3 billion in client investments in new open ended vehicles.
Prior to joining The Townsend Group in 2007, Mr. Lennon was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley Capital International, where he designed, constructed and managed a series of hedge fund indices with over $2.5 billion of invested funds. During his six year tenure, he actively promoted index adoption among large asset owners and structured product issuers. He also participated in consultations led by European regulators designed to produce guidelines relating to the use of hedge fund indices within UCITS eligible investments.
Mr. Lennon has published articles related to portfolio construction and fund selection in Institutional Real Estate North America, Investment Pensions Europe, and Institutional Real Estate Europe. He has been a speaker or panelist at the Institute for Fiduciary Education, NCREIF Annual Conference, Urban Land Institute Real Estate Summit and the CFA Pension and Endowment Conference.
Mr. Lennon received a B.S. in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with Magna Cum Laude distinction and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from The School of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Pennsylvania also with Magna Cum Laude distinction. He obtained his CFA designation in 2001.