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Relationships Matter

There is a simple reason our investment principles have worked for 50 years: We believe in a relationship-driven approach to investing through partnering with exceptional management teams of middle market companies to help them build and improve their businesses.

 

Lee joined AEA in 2020 as an Operating Partner focused on digital.

Prior to AEA, Lee most recently served as Vice President of North America at Alibaba Group, leading the company’s North American initiatives. Prior to Alibaba, Lee was the first Global Head of Travel at Facebook, where he was responsible for developing the company’s monetization and growth strategy. Previously, Lee held various executive positions at Expedia, including overseeing APAC and North America where he led many demand and supply optimization initiatives. Earlier in his career, Lee was part of the start-up office for eBay UK, where he helped drive eBay’s market penetration with several initiatives across supply, product, digital payments and platform trust and safety. Lee started his career with Warner Music in London.

Benji joined AEA in 2012 as a member of the Small Business Fund team. He rejoined AEA in 2017 after business school. Benji serves on the boards of 50 Floor, Dayton Parts, Pexco, SBP and Veseris.

Prior to joining AEA, Benji worked in the investment banking group at Lincoln International, focusing on mergers & acquisitions in New York and Chicago.

Dan joined AEA in 2008 as a member of the Small Business Fund team and was promoted to Partner in 2020. Dan currently serves on the board of 50 Floor, Meritus Gas Partners, Omega and SBP. He also served on the board of former AEA portfolio companies Colony Hardware, Galco and NCS.

Prior to joining AEA, Dan was a strategy consultant with L.E.K. Consulting.

John joined AEA in 2004 as a Partner and is co-head of the AEA Small Business Funds. He currently serves as a board member of 50 Floor, American Expediting, Barnet Products, CLS Management Services, Connexus Resource Group, IGL Holdings, Montway, Pexco and SGLT. John also served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies Colony Hardware, Entregado Group, Evans, Galco, Implus Footcare, In the Swim, Industrial Controls Distributors, National Rehab, NCS, Phillips Pet Food and Supplies, PLZ Aeroscience, Sextant Education and Troxell Communications.

Before joining AEA, John was a managing director at Arena Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in small companies in the consumer and business services sectors. Previously, he was a managing director in the leveraged finance group of Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to joining Credit Suisse First Boston, he worked at Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. and NYNEX Corp.

  • $15b

    With over $15 billion under management, AEA is a leader in global, middle-market private investing.

  • 130+

    With approximately 135 employees, including approximately 90 investment professionals, AEA’s experienced and focused team leverages deep industry knowledge and exceptional operational expertise.

  • 5/3

    With five offices across three continents, AEA has an unparalleled global network of relationships with family owners of industrial companies, business executives and influential government leaders.

  • 1968

    Founded in 1968 by members of the world’s leading industrial families, AEA is one of the oldest and most experienced private equity firms with a long legacy of success.

  • 75

    AEA has more than 75 Participants, who include some of the world’s pre-eminent industrial families, business executives and former government leaders.