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, Swanson and Visual Comfort & Co. He also served on the board of At Home and the boards of former AEA portfolio companies 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.
John joined AEA in 1999 as a Partner and Head of AEA’s then newly-formed European operations based in London. In 2002, he became President of AEA while continuing to head European operations and lead AEA’s global Value-Added Industrial Products and Specialty Chemicals teams. John became CEO of AEA in 2006 and was named Chairman in 2012. As CEO, he was responsible for AEA’s investment review process and overall strategy and operations. He was also instrumental in the creation of the AEA Private Debt Funds and the AEA Small Business Funds. In 2019, John became Executive Chairman.
John has served on the board of numerous AEA portfolio companies in addition to various other companies. John serves as the chairman or member of the investment committee for all the various AEA private equity and private debt funds.
Before joining AEA, John held various positions at Credit Suisse First Boston, including global head of the chemicals group, member of the European investment banking department’s management committee, head of the European acquisitions, leveraged finance and financial sponsors group, and head of the European natural resources group. Earlier in his career, he was a managing director at Schroder Wertheim in New York and held a number of industrial positions at Atlantic Richfield in Philadelphia.