AEA Investors


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.


Liz joined AEA in 2020 as a member of the investor relations and fundraising team. She is involved in all aspects of investor fundraising, communications, relations and business development.

Before joining AEA, Liz was the head of investor relations and business development for Churchill Asset Management and previously held a similar role at Kohlberg & Company. Earlier in her career, Liz worked in middle market investment banking at SPP Capital Partners. She began her career at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

Sarah joined AEA in 2017 as an Associate. She was promoted to Vice President in 2021. Prior to joining AEA, Sarah was an investment banking analyst at Stephens Inc. Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University, where she earned a B.S. in Finance.

Cindy joined AEA in 2013 as part of AEA’s investor relations and fundraising team. She is involved in all aspects of investor fundraising, communications, and relations across the firm’s strategies. She is instrumental in the fundraising process for all AEA funds as well as helping to maintain current investor relationships.

Before joining AEA, Cindy was an analyst at Barclays Capital in the mergers and acquisitions group.

Steve joined AEA in 2006 to lead AEA’s investor relations and fundraising efforts and became a Partner in 2015. He is involved in all aspects of investor fundraising, communications and relations as well as business development.

Before joining AEA, Steve was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch & Co.’s private equity fundraising group where he helped raise a variety of private equity and real estate funds from institutional investors worldwide. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he was a manager in the tax and business advisory group at Arthur Andersen.

Steve is also 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.