First Sentier Investors has hired Chris Tehranian as a senior director of distribution.

Tehranian fills a new position and is expected to cover asset owners and consultants, with a focus on direct infrastructure investments in the North American market. He is based in New York and reports to Bachar Beaini, managing director for the Americas.

Previously, Tehranian served as head of U.S. project management for Firstavenue, a global advisory and private placement firm, where he advised infrastructure general partners on fundraising and business development.

Tehranian joined Firstavenue in 2017 from Meketa Investment Group, where he specialized in infrastructure and energy investments. Earlier in his career, he was a financial analyst for Gulf Power, a portfolio analyst for Franklin Templeton Investments and an analyst for Segal Advisors, which has since rebranded to Segal Marco Advisors.