AEA

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.

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.

Tommy joined AEA in 2008 and focuses on AEA’s investments in the Value-Added Industrials 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.

Louie joined AEA in 1998 as an Associate and became a Partner in 2010. He focuses on AEA’s investments in the Value-Added Industrials and Services sector. He currently serves on the board of BMS Enterprises, Numotion, SitelogIQ, Springs Window Fashions and Visual Comfort & Co. He also served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies GMS, Henry, RelaDyne and SRS Roofing Supply.

Prior to joining AEA, Louie was in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley.

Tom joined AEA in 1999 and became a Partner in 2003. He focuses on investments in the Value-Added Industrials and Services sectors. He currently serves on the boards of API Technologies, NES Global Talent, Numotion, SitelogIQ, and TricorBraun. He also served on the board of Evoqua Water Technologies. Tom previously served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies Behavioral Interventions, Cogent Healthcare, Dematic, Houghton International, Kranson Industries, Northern China German Automotive, Pregis, Pro Mach, RelaDyne and Unifrax.

Before joining AEA, Tom was with the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch, where he advised a broad range of private equity investment firms. As part of what was at the time the leading financial sponsor coverage practice on Wall Street, he worked with many large-cap and middle-market firms on all aspects of their investment activities.

Tom is a certified public accountant.

  • $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.