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Teneo Expands Midwest Operations

Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, today announced that Peter Thompson has joined the firm and will be based in Chicago. He will operate across Teneo’s five business segments: Strategy & Communications, Financial Advisory, Management Consulting, Risk Advisory and People Advisory.

Peter joins Teneo from Lazard Frères & Co., where he was most recently Chairman of Midwest Advisory. In that role, he advised public and private companies and financial sponsors on a range of strategic issues. From 2009-2015, Peter served as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Perkins Investment Management, a $22 billion manager of public equities known for its defensive approach to investing. In 2013, Perkins became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Janus Capital Group, now Janus Henderson Investors. From 1994-2007, Peter was Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Ariel Investments, the first African American-owned mutual fund company in the United States.

Peter served as Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Campaign Finance Director for the Mayor’s successful and final re-election in 2007, capping 22 years in office. He also served as Finance Co-Chairman of former United States Secretary of Commerce and President Obama’s Chief of Staff William M. Daley’s Chicago Mayoral Campaign in 2019. He was an appointed Board Member of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, a government entity created by the Illinois General Assembly for the purpose of constructing and renovating stadiums for professional sports teams in the State of Illinois.

Peter’s appointment as a Senior Advisor is part of a broader expansion of Teneo's operations in Chicago and across the Midwest. The region is home to many existing Teneo clients and is an important part of Teneo’s U.S. strategy following record growth in 2023 across business segments.

“Chicago and the Midwest region are home to dozens of Teneo clients, and today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to growing our team in this critical market,” said Paul Keary, CEO of Teneo. “As part of our growth strategy, I am delighted to welcome Peter Thompson to Teneo. He has decades of experience that will be very beneficial to our clients, and he will play a key role in helping drive the expansion of our capabilities on the ground in the region.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Teneo and helping to grow the firm’s presence across the Midwest,” said Peter Thompson. “Teneo’s integrated service model across strategic communications, financial advisory, management consulting, and risk and people advisory offers a truly differentiated model which is needed for CEOs and companies navigating the current business environment.”

In addition to his role at Teneo, Peter is also a Managing Director at Blue Marlin Partners, a private equity firm made up of current and former company operators and ultra-high net worth investors.