Ellen Brunsberg was appointed Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Cain International in September 2021. Prior to that, she worked as a consultant to the firm for a year. In her capacity as CIO, Ellen works across Cain International’s investment portfolio and is a permanent member of the firm’s investment committee. Her focus is on enhancing the portfolio’s risk and return potential, capital allocation and oversight of strategic opportunities.
Ellen brings thirty years of operational, lending and investment experience. Prior to consulting for Cain, she served as the Global Head of Fixed Income Product Strategy at Blackrock from August 2018 to August 2019. Prior to that, she worked at GE Capital Real Estate, where she served in roles including the Chief Executive Officer and President of GE Capital Real Estate Europe and Head of Capital Markets for EMEA. She sourced and executed GE Capital’s largest acquisition in Europe and managed the $28 billion sale of GE Capital Real Estate to Blackstone in 2015. Prior to that, Ellen worked at Morgan Stanley for 18 years in both New York and London. Ultimately, she headed the Securitized Products Group for Europe where she ran the origination, execution and risk management for real estate lending, infrastructure finance and asset-backed trading. She is known for creating innovative financing techniques for private and public capital markets. At Morgan Stanley she oversaw $15 billion in investments and managed a team of 700 individuals located in six European countries.
Ellen received her undergraduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.