Deutsche Finance International appoints new CFO

Pan-European private equity real estate investor Deutsche Finance International (DFI) has appointed Ben McComb as Chief Financial Officer.

In this newly created role, McComb will continue to develop the people, systems and processes needed to support DFI’s growing scale and breadth of operations.

In a career spanning more than 22 years, McComb has spent the last 18 years leading finance teams within private equity. Most recently he was Finance Director at Henderson Park. Ben’s previous experience also includes five years as CFO of Brockton Capital and seven years as Head of Fund Reporting at Doughty Hanson. He began his career with roles at Mace Group, AXA Investment Managers and UBS Private Equity.

McComb holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University and is a qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

McComb's appointment is the eighth new hire DFI has made within the last 12 months and brings the size of its team to 22 in total operating across offices in London, Munich and Madrid. Since 2017, DFI has committed to over EUR2 billion of value add and select opportunistic investments across six markets in Europe, including London’s iconic Olympia Exhibition Centre.

Frank Roccogrande, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner, at DFI, says: “This is a very important time for DFI as we continue to execute our strategy for growth, a key part of which is ensuring we attract and retain the very best talent. The combination of Ben’s wealth of industry experience and his personality are perfectly aligned to DFI’s own ambitions and culture and we look forward to working with him to achieve our goals. We have made several key hires in recent months and the calibre of these new colleagues is fundamental to our ability to deliver strong returns to investors through our customer-centric approach to real estate investing.”

McComb adds: “The challenges currently faced by the real estate sector present opportunities for entrepreneurial firms like DFI to act quickly and decisively to create value on behalf of investors. DFI is well placed to take advantage of these opportunities and I look forward to working closely with the team as it continues to grow and evolve its business.”