Alisa Mall Named CIO of MSD Capital

By David G. Barry

Alisa Mall is once again on the institutional investor side of the business – this time as a chief investment officer.

Mall, according to her LinkedIn profile, is now CIO of MSD Capital, which was established in 1988 to manage the assets of Dell Technologies’ founder Michael Dell and his family. The firm engages in a broad range of investment activities and has the flexibility to invest in a wide variety of asset classes. Primarily focused on credit, growth, private capital and real estate, MSD has offices in New York, Santa Monica, Calif., and West Palm Beach, Fla.

As of late 2020, MSD Capital and an affiliated firm, MSD Partners, said they had more than $15 billion in assets.

Mall spent more than 11 years at Carnegie Corp. of New York before leaving in late 2020 to become managing director, corporate strategy, for Foresite Capital, a San Francisco-based life sciences investment firm. Her departure to Foresite came as some speculated that she might become Carnegie’s CIO following Kim Lew’s decision to become president and CEO of the Columbia Investment Management Co.

Mall did not immediately return a request from Markets Group for comment. At Foresite, her responsibilities included corporate development, long-term capital strategy, investor relations and ESG management.

At Carnegie Corp., Mall was a managing director, where she focused on the management of the firm’s real estate and natural resources portfolios, as well as inflation-linked strategies and absolute return strategies.

She also oversaw the foundation’s diversity and inclusion efforts to advance diverse investment teams and firms. This included developing and implementing a process for evaluating investment managers on their internal diversity and inclusion efforts and supporting emerging managers in their efforts to integrate ESG best practices into their firms.

Carnegie Corp. had assets of $4.7 billion as of Sept. 30, 2021.

Earlier in her career, she was a practicing attorney with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.