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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.

 

Evan joined AEA in 2015 as a member of the Middle Market Private Equity team. He rejoined AEA in 2019 after receiving his MBA at London Business School. Evan focuses on AEA’s investments in Europe and the Value-Added Industrials and Services sectors.

Prior to joining AEA, Evan was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in Atlanta and London.

Haroon joined AEA in 2014 and focuses on AEA’s investments in the Value-Added Industrials and Services sectors.

Prior to joining AEA, Haroon worked in the investment banking group at Morgan Stanley in New York, focusing on mergers & acquisitions and financings for power & utility companies.

Frank Herr is an Operating Partner based in AEA Shanghai.

Frank is primarily focused on AEA’s portfolio companies in industrial sector to improve value creation.

Prior to joining AEA in 2014, Frank spent 11 years with Eaton Corp, as general manager of Eaton’s Hydraulics business in Greater China region and Power Distribution business in North Asia. Frank also previously served as Managing Director China for Arvin Meritor, a major automotive and commercial vehicle supplier, and led the setup of two joint ventures with key original equipment manufacturers as well as the establishment of a wholly owned business in China.

James 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 API Technologies, PST and Swanson Industries.

Prior to joining AEA, James was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in Boston and Los Angeles.

Rahul joined AEA in 2002 as an Associate and became a Partner in 2014. He took on the role of Partner and Head of Strategic Relationships in 2021. Rahul focuses on AEA’s investments in the Value-Added Industrials sector. He is currently on the board of Spectrum Plastics Group, Swanson Industries, and Verdesian Life Sciences, and previously sat on the board of TricorBraun. Rahul also served on the board of former AEA portfolio company Pro Mach.

Prior to joining AEA, Rahul was a strategy consultant with Bain & Co. in Chicago, advising both corporate and private equity clients on strategic issues including business unit strategy, investment evaluation, post merger integration and operations. During his time there, he advised clients across a wide variety of industries including general industrials, consumer products, retail, telecommunications and services sectors.

Brian joined AEA in 1999 and became a Partner in 2003. He was promoted to President in 2018 and to Chief Executive Officer in 2019. He focuses on AEA’s investments in the Value-Added Industrials sector. Brian currently serves on the boards of Evoqua Water Technologies, Excelitas Technologies, Springs Window Fashions and Visual Comfort & Co. He also served on the board of Swanson and the boards of former AEA portfolio companies At Home, CPG International, GMS, Henry, Houghton International, Noveon International, Pregis, Sovereign Specialty Chemicals, SRS Roofing Supply and Unifrax.

Before joining AEA, Brian was an executive at BT Capital Partners, the private equity group of Bankers Trust. At BT Capital, he focused on companies in the chemicals, general industrial and services sectors. His investments included leveraged buyouts in the chemicals and packaging sectors. Before entering the private equity industry, Brian advised corporate management and boards of directors throughout the world on financial and strategic issues. One such position was with the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley, during which he was located in New York and Hong Kong. He also was in the New York office of McKinsey & Co., advising clients on corporate and divisional business strategy. During his tenure there, Brian focused on clients in process industries and other industrial businesses, including chemicals, pulp and paper, agribusiness and general industrial manufacturing and services.

  • $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.