EMPEA Appoints Vice President, Strategic Engagement, and Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

3 September 2014, Washington, DC – EMPEA announces today the appointments of Randy Mitchell as Vice President, Strategic Engagement and Ann Marie Plubell as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. Mitchell and Plubell join the EMPEA team in senior roles to oversee the planning, development and implementation of two major components of the organization’s Long-Term Strategy, which was endorsed by EMPEA’s Board of Directors in May 2014.

Most recently, Mitchell worked as Chief Strategist Private Equity and Venture Capital for the U.S. Government where he was responsible for the private equity and venture capital sector; advocating within Washington and in global capitals for the competitiveness of U.S. PE/VC firms; and supporting worldwide foreign investment into and by U.S. private equity and venture capital general partners.  Mitchell also created and executed a first-of-its-kind U.S. government initiative to increase exports of private equity and venture capital asset management services, introducing U.S.-based GPs to international LPs (including family offices, superannuation funds, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds).

At EMPEA, Mitchell will be responsible for working with EMPEA’s expert Member Councils and organizing EMPEA’s participation in global industry initiatives focused on best practices, public policy and advocacy. Beginning his emerging market career in Russia, he brings to the organization considerable experience in developing economies and a robust network of industry contacts.

Prior to EMPEA, Plubell advised global clients on financial infrastructure for postsecondary education in emerging economies, public-private partnerships, compliance with international sanctions laws and legal ecosystems supporting Internet communications protocols. She served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of SallieMae, a US$50 billion U.S. government-sponsored enterprise where she oversaw corporate and trust fund governance, business law, ERISA compliance, tax and intellectual property.

Plubell will serve EMPEA and its global membership by synthesizing both member interests and industry intelligence to effectively influence regulatory outcomes in support of the asset class and the organization’s mission.  She holds a JD and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University, in addition to an MBA from George Washington University, and will work closely with the organization’s Legal and Regulatory Council, industry partners and other global stakeholders to effectively achieve shared objectives.

Robert van Zwieten, EMPEA’s President and CEO, commented on the announcement, “We are delighted to welcome these high caliber individuals to the EMPEA team. We are very fortunate to add their expertise in emerging markets and depth of relationships to lead integral parts of the association’s long-term strategy, which centers first and foremost on the needs of our expanding global membership and an evolving asset class. Their appointments reflect EMPEA’s commitment to industry engagement and regulatory advocacy.”



EMPEA is the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets. We are an independent non-profit organization. As EMPEA celebrates our 10th anniversary in 2014, we have over 300 member firms, comprising institutional investors, fund managers and industry advisors, who together manage more than US$1 trillion of assets and have offices in more than 100 countries across the globe. Our members share EMPEA’s belief that private capital is a highly suited investment strategy in emerging markets, delivering attractive long-term investment returns and promoting the sustainable growth of companies and economies. We support our members through global authoritative intelligence, conferences, networking, education and advocacy.