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Frank Herr
Operating Executive

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.

Education Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
M.B.A., University of Michigan
B.S. in Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University
Location Shanghai
Business Private Equity, Middle Market
Portfolio Company Involvement BOA Group
Industrial Acoustics Company
LoneStar Group
Swanson Industries

  • $11b

    With approximately $11 billion under management, AEA is a leader in global, middle-market private investing.

  • 100+

    With approximately 120 employees, including over 75 investment professionals, AEA’s experienced and focused team leverages deep industry knowledge and exceptional operational expertise.

  • 5/3

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  • 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.