HarbourVest Partners Appoints Cicely Yanxia Sun as Managing Director

December 8, 2021

BOSTON — HarbourVest Partners, a global private markets asset manager, today announced that Cicely Yanxia Sun has joined the firm as a managing director and co-head of the firm’s Beijing office. Ms. Sun will be responsible for enhancing and building relationships with institutional investors in China.

“HarbourVest established our office in Beijing nearly 10 years ago and continues to broaden our presence in China,” said Peter Wilson, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners. “Ms. Sun’s longstanding institutional relationships in the region and deep experience in the financial sector made her an ideal candidate for this role. We are excited to have her join our team and work alongside fellow Beijing co-head and managing director Sally Shan.”

Ms. Sun has more than 15 years of experience in finance and joins HarbourVest from Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI), where she was Head of China Institutional Business, responsible for developing and executing AllianzGI’s China Strategy, driving business development for both onshore and offshore institutional clients, as well as developing strategic partnerships in China. Prior to joining Allianz, Ms. Sun held senior roles at State Street Global Markets, Standard Chartered Bank, and Goldman Sachs.

Ms. Sun received a BA from Fudan University, Shanghai and a Masters in Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


HarbourVest is an independent, global private markets investment specialist with over 35 years of experience and more than $86 billion in assets under management, as of September 30, 2021. The Firm’s powerful global platform offers clients investment opportunities in private equity, private credit and real assets through primary fund investments, secondary investments, and direct co-investments, in commingled funds or separately managed accounts. HarbourVest has more than 750 employees, including more than 180 investment professionals across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This global team has committed more than $48 billion to newly-formed funds, completed over $31 billion in secondary purchases, and invested over $25 billion directly in operating companies. Partnering with HarbourVest, clients can access customized solutions, longstanding relationships, and actionable insights.


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