Jeff joined AEA in 2015 as an Operating Partner. He is primarily focused on working with portfolio companies to maximize value creation through improved operating performance and cross-portfolio best practice development. He also works with AEA’s Risk Committee on the implementation of its ESG initiative. Jeff currently serves on the boards of LoneStar, Numotion, Sparrows, Springs Window Fashions, TricorBraun and Visual Comfort & Co. He also served on the board of former AEA portfolio company Pro Mach.
Before joining AEA, Jeff was the chief executive officer of NBTY Inc. NBTY is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of supplements. He was formerly a corporate officer of GE and most recently led the Global Services division of GE Oil & Gas as VP and GM, based out of Italy. He previously ran GE Inspection Technologies as president and chief executive officer, based out of Germany. Prior to that, he was the president of GE Home Electric Products. He also served as general manager of business development in GE Aircraft Engines. He joined GE in May of 1997 as the manager of business development at GE Lighting. Before joining GE, Jeff was vice president of marketing at a biotech start-up, Energy Biosystems Corporation. He started his career in management consulting with Strategic Planning Associates (now Mercer Management) and Cannon Associates.
Frank Herr is an Operating Executive based in AEA Shanghai.
Prior to AEA, Frank spent 11 years with Eaton Corp in China, overseeing the hydraulics and power distribution businesses, and was most recently general manager of greater China hydraulics. During his time at Eaton, Frank led the integration work after Eaton acquired Moeller Electric and Changzhou Senyuan Electrical, responsible for growing sales, improving profitability and setting up strategic directions for its business and engineering activities. Frank was also instrumental in Eaton’s acquisition of Winner Hydraulics, a leading Hong Kong / mainland China based hydraulic hose and fitting manufacturer in 2004. He was fully responsible for both the establishment of a green field facility in Jining, China and an Eaton Electrical Asia Pacific R&D center in Suzhou. Prior to Eaton, Frank spent four years with Arvin Meritor, a major automotive supplier, and led the set up of two joint ventures with key OEMs as well as the establishment of a wholly owned business in China.
Tommy joined AEA in 2008 and focuses on AEA’s investments in the Value-Added Industrial Products and Services sectors. He currently serves on the boards of BMS Enterprises and Numotion.
Prior to joining AEA, Tommy was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in Atlanta.
Alex joined AEA’s London office in 2004 as an Associate and became a Partner in 2015. Alex currently focuses on AEA’s investments in Europe. In 2006, Alex relocated to Hong Kong for three years to help AEA establish its Asia presence and evaluate investment opportunities in the region. He is currently on the boards of LoneStar, NES Global Talent and Sparrows. He also served on the board of former AEA portfolio company Industrial Acoustics Company.
Prior to joining AEA, Alex was at PwC in the Transaction Services team in London. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001.
Alan joined AEA in 1989 as a Partner and currently co-heads the AEA Small Business Funds and is a Partner of the AEA Middle Market Funds. Alan serves on the boards of Balboa, Dayton Parts, LoneStar, NCS, Omega, Pexco, SBP, SGLT, Sparrows, Spectrum Plastics Group, and Veseris. In the last 15 years, he also served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies Aramsco, Behavioral Interventions, Flow Control Group, Implus Corporation, In the Swim, Kranson, Phillips Pet Food and Supplies, PLZ Aeroscience, PPC, Shoes for Crews, SRS Roofing Supply, and Troxell Communications.
As a Partner from 1989 to 1999, Alan concentrated his investment activities in Industrial and Consumer / Retail companies, overseeing many of AEA’s successful investments during that period. Alan left AEA in 1999 and joined Peter Solomon Company, a boutique advisory firm, and then returned to the private equity business in 2002 with Saratoga Partners. He rejoined AEA in early 2004 and helped establish the AEA Small Business Funds.
Prior to joining AEA, from 1984 to 1989, Alan was with Lehman Brothers, first in the mergers and acquisitions department and then with the principal investment group. Previously, Alan worked at Citicorp and Pricewaterhouse and became a Chartered Accountant in England in 1980.