Altegris Advisors Names Naka As Chief Operating Officer

Jul 13 2017 | 10:06pm ET

Alternative investment manager Altegris Advisors has named former Salient Partners executive Robert Naka as the firm’s chief operating officer following a strategic review.

In his new role, Naka will oversee the firm’s operations and IT departments to optimize the operational infrastructure of the firm’s systems, processes and personnel, Altegris said in a statement. He will report to CEO Martin Beaulieu. 

Before joining Altegris, Naka was COO of diversified asset manager Salient Partners, where he planned and executed on the operational integration of Forward Funds and Salient Partners following Forward’s sale to Salient in 2015. He was also responsible for oversight of operations, IT, fund accounting and the risk committee, as well as operational and information technology upgrades.

“After closely evaluating our firm’s offerings and growth objectives, strengthening and expanding our operations is a clear focus as we aim to be the leading provider of customized alternative investment solutions,” said Beaulieu in the statement. “Rob joins at an important time for Altegris, and his deep expertise and proven track record enhancing core alternative investment operations will be instrumental in paving the way for Altegris’ growth moving forward.”

In addition to Naka’s appointment, Altegris also hired former Matthews executive Leah Curtis as director of marketing and ex-Salient strategy specialist Preeti Malik as head of strategy.

La Jolla, CA-based Altegris was founded in 2002 and is owned by Aquiline Capital Partners and Genstar Capital Management. The firm identifies, evaluates, selects and monitors investment talent across a spectrum of alternative strategies including Altegris offers managed futures, global macro, long/short equity, private equity, and event-driven strategies, among others. Altegris and its affiliates have approximately $2.47 billion in client assets.

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