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.
Arting joined AEA in 2016 as a member of the Middle Market Private Equity team. She rejoined AEA in 2020 after receiving her MBA at Harvard Business School. Arting focuses on AEA’s investments in the Consumer and Services sectors.
Prior to joining AEA, Arting was an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan in the mergers & acquisitions group in New York.
Jessie joined AEA in 2017 and focuses on AEA’s investments in the Consumer / Retail and Services sectors.
Prior to joining AEA, Jessie received her MBA at Harvard Business School. Prior to business school, she was an associate at Bregal Partners and held positions at BlackRock Alternative Investments and Goldman Sachs.
Chandler joined AEA in 2015 and focuses on AEA’s investments in the Consumer and Services sectors.
Prior to joining AEA, Chandler was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in Dallas.
Alex joined AEA in 2004. After three years with the firm, he pursued other entrepreneurial focused initiatives before returning to AEA in 2009. He became a Partner in 2018. Alex focuses on AEA’s investments in the Consumer sector and currently serves on the boards of 24 Hour Fitness, BMS Enterprises, Jack’s Family Restaurants, Melissa & Doug and ThreeSixty. Prior to AEA’s exit, he also sat on the board of 1-800 Contacts.
Prior to joining AEA, Alex was a strategy consultant with Bain & Co. in San Francisco. Prior to Bain, he spent a year as a consultant to DataCom, Mongolia’s first internet service provider, as a Henry Luce Scholar.
Alex was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill.
James joined AEA in 2001 as an Associate and became a Partner in 2013. He focuses on AEA’s investments in the Consumer and Services sectors. James currently serves on the boards of Melissa & Doug, ThreeSixty and Traeger Wood Pellet Grills. He also served on the board of 24 Hour Fitness and Brand Networks. Prior to AEA’s exit from the investment, James served on the board of 1-800 Contacts and Shoes for Crews.
Prior to joining AEA, James was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in Chicago, advising both private equity and corporate clients. During his time there, he developed acquisition perspectives and post-merger integration strategies for clients across a wide variety of industries, including consumer products, general industrial and services sectors.
Martin Eltrich joined AEA in 2001 and became a Partner in 2003. He leads the Consumer investment practice and currently serves on the boards of 24 Hour Fitness, Jack’s Family Restaurants, Melissa & Doug, ThreeSixty and Traeger Wood Pellet Grills, and previously sat on the board of Brand Networks. Prior to AEA’s exit from the investment, Martin also sat on the boards of 1-800 Contacts, Acosta, At Home, Burt’s Bees, Cogent Healthcare, Henry Company, Li & Fung Distribution, Shoes for Crews and Tampico Beverages.
Before joining AEA, Martin was an investment banker covering the consumer products industry. He was an investment banker at Greenhill & Co. in New York, joining that firm at its inception in 1996. Prior to joining Greenhill, Martin was a banker in the consumer products group at Morgan Stanley.