KBS Capital Advisors, the external advisor to KBS real estate investment trusts, has hired Ben Aitkenhead as managing director. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing new capital sources to broaden the range of transactions by KBS and will be focused on building out the company’s private placements platform. Aitkenhead will report to Keith Hall and Peter McMillan, co-founders of KBS Capital Advisors.
Prior to joining KBS, Aitkenhead spent 20 years at Credit Suisse, where he most recently served as a managing director and member of the global fixed income operating committee. Prior to that, he held multiple positions within the fixed income and investment banking team, including co-head of securitized products sales & trading and head of securitized product sales, among others.
Aitkenhead is also an independent trustee to Blackstone Real Estate Investment Fund, Blackstone’s publicly listed, commercial real estate investment fund.
“Ben and I first worked together at Credit Suisse and I’m excited to work with him again and welcome him to the KBS team,” said Keith Hall, co-founder of KBS Capital Advisors. “Ben’s extensive experience will enable the team to further develop our platforms, including the new private placements platform.”
Aitkenhead received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and a master’s degree in politics from New York University.
KBS Capital Advisors is an affiliate of KBS Realty Advisors, a private equity real estate company and SEC-registered investment adviser founded in 1992. Since its inception, KBS-affiliated companies have completed transactional activity in excess of $35 billion via 16 separate accounts, six commingled funds, five sovereign wealth funds and seven non-traded REITs.