Brightwood Capital Advisors, a private credit firm, appointed William W. Archer chief credit officer. Archer previously held this position from 2013 to 2015. In this role, Archer will oversee Brightwood’s existing portfolio and play a role in the firm’s analysis of new investments. He will be based in New York.
Archer has more than 40 years of investing experience across private equity, credit and capital markets, most recently having served as a consultant to the Canadian Public Pension Investment Board, where he advised on the full spectrum of its non-investment grade debt investments. Archer previously held senior leadership positions, including head of leveraged credit risk for the Americas at Barclays Capital and chief debt underwriter at Goldman Sachs, where he also served on the firmwide capital committee and co-chaired the capital markets committee. He also served as co-global head, non-investment grade credit for Deutsche Bank and chief credit officer at Bankers Trust Company.
“We are thrilled to have Bill rejoin the team at Brightwood at this pivotal and exciting time for the firm,” Sengal Selassie, managing partner and chief investment officer of Brightwood, said. “Following our portfolio’s strong performance through the turbulence of 2020, we are refocusing on growth and look forward to delivering further value to our investors, borrowers and other stakeholders, with the benefit of Bill’s experience and deep credit expertise.”
“It’s been incredible to see the significant strides Sengal and the team have made over the last few years in building Brightwood into a leading direct lending platform that supports growing businesses in the U.S. middle market,” Archer said. “I look forward to working with the talented professionals across the organization to continue to build on Brightwood’s strong track record and momentum and further accelerate its expansion.”