Press Release: Institute for Private Investors Announces Two key Appointments

New York, San Francisco, and London, Sept. 7, 2011 -- The Institute for Private Investors (IPI) announced two key appointments today in New York and San Francisco as the company continues to strengthen and grow its community of ultra-high net worth families and their service providers.

IPI has appointed Vijay Kumar as Director of Membership, to be based in the New York office. Kumar will oversee all aspects of membership, focusing on both securing partnerships in the advisor community and working directly with private investors.Kumar was also named to the newly-created position of Commercial Director, North America, for Campden Media, IPI’s parent company. Kumar brings to IPI fifteen years of experience working directly with chief executives of public and private companies, developing key relationships and contacts with core constituencies that hold the same values and goals as IPI’s membership base.

Dominic Samuelson, Managing Director, Campden Wealth, said that Kumar’s appointment illustrates the continuing commitment of Campden and IPI to grow their global community. “Many IPI members and Campden families seek to interact with each other on a range of topics, from risk in global markets to family office best practices. The firms who serve these ultra-high net worth families are also keen to be better positioned within both organizations,” Samuelson said. “Vijay will play a pivotal role in facilitating communications among our families domestically and internationally.”

For the previous two years, Kumar was chief executive of VRK Consulting, Inc., where she focused on assisting clients to expand their business through global partnerships and strategic alliances, while strengthening their corporate social mark. She simultaneously founded “GlobalConnect,” a private forum designed to bring together members of varying cultural and professional backgrounds to participate in engaging dialogue and exchange of ideas while broadening their social and business networks.

Prior to 2009, Kumar managed the membership of The Hudson New York Briefing Council for Hudson Institute, a nonpartisan public policy think tank based in Washington D.C. The Council has raised significant levels of funding for philanthropic endeavors since its inception in 2003.

IPI founder and CEO Charlotte Beyer said she views the appointment as a significant one for investors within the IPI community. “Vijay’s deep background in the private sector and experience within the ultra-high net worth community allow her to fully grasp, and successfully respond to, the evolving needs of IPI’s private investors,” Beyer said. “Vijay has a wonderful ‘connector’ quality!”

Kumar is a graduate of the Stern School of Business of New York University, where she also completed post-graduate certificate programs in journalism and global affairs, including an intensive study program in Geneva at the United Nations. She is a member of the FOCUS Committee of the International Center of Photography.

In San Francisco, Pete Sutherland has joined IPI as Associate Director of the San Francisco office after serving as a consultant with the company. In this position, Sutherland will lead IPI’s membership development and expand IPI’s market presence in the western United States. A Bay area resident for 25 years, Sutherland will be reaching out to all IPI members in the region.

“Pete was a quick study on the principles of the IPI community, demonstrating a keen grasp of issues most relevant to California members, who now number nearly 30% of our total membership,” said Charlotte Beyer, IPI founder and CEO. “With the continuing growth of entrepreneurial wealth in the West, Pete will help IPI grow the membership while ensuring that safe harbor, education and community remain key elements of the IPI membership experience. His experience in developing and directing education programs will provide additional perspective to IPI’s content for both investor and advisor events.”

Prior to joining IPI, Sutherland served as Chief Operating Officer of the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier Museum, and at the senior management level of several museums in the Bay Area. He is the founder of his own entertainment company, and is active in the local music community, performing frequently in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a graduate of Muskingum University.

About the Institute for Private Investors (IPI)

The Institute for Private Investors (IPI) ( is a trusted provider of educational and networking resources for ultra high-net-worth investors and operates as an independent U.S. subsidiary of Campden Media. Founded in 1991, IPI provides a safe haven for investors to communicate with each other, and their advisors, about their wealth management approach. IPI offers education and an online network to 1,100 investors and has offices in New York and San Francisco. In 1999, IPI created the nation’s first private wealth management curriculum for principals and continues to collaborate on weeklong programs with The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An affiliated company, the Investor Education Collaborative, LLC, was formed in 2004 to offer experiential educational formats and online classes.

About Campden Media

Campden Media (, founded in 1987, provides education, news, research, conferences and other networking opportunities to principals of ultra high-networth financial and business-owning families, and the family office executives and trusted advisors who serve them. Campden produces global conferences and proprietary research serving the ultra high-net-worth, multigenerational family community, as well as Campden FO (Family Office) and Campden FB (Family Business), two market-leading magazines and websites that inform this highly targeted audience. Campden Media is a global business with offices in London, New York and Singapore.


Michelle Manoff, Rubenstein Public Relations, 212-843-8051,

Charlotte Beyer, Institute for Private Investors, 212-693-1300,