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.

Fred joined AEA in 2020 as an Operating Partner focusing on investments in the Value-Added Industrials sector.

Prior to AEA, Fred served as President and CEO of Masonite International, which went public in 2013 under his leadership. Previously, Fred was President of Human Genetics and Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Actavis, a specialty pharmaceutical manufacturer. Fred began his career at Honeywell (previously Allied Signal), where he held progressively senior roles.

Andy joined AEA in 2019 as an Operating Partner. Andy is a global, technology-focused operations executive with a Ph.D. in Information Systems and a 30-year track record achieving results for leading companies in the fintech, technology and services sectors. In his role at AEA, Andy supports the management and development of portfolio companies and pursues investment opportunities in technology enabled services.

Most recently, Andy was Chief Global Operations Officer at Equifax. While at Equifax, he spent half his time helping the company grow and the other half helping the company run. Andy partnered directly with the CEO to increase the market value of Equifax eight-fold. He oversaw innovative market expansion, technology, product, and sales excellence initiatives, as well as led the successful integration of large acquisitions. Andy also took on a key role of extracting operating efficiencies, minimizing costs, and remediating security. Prior to Equifax, Andy served in various Vice President roles at The Home Depot, where he led the successful transformation of a Home Services Business and that of a Special Orders Business. Earlier in his career, Andy worked at General Electric where he co-pioneered the Six Sigma effort and led Large Account sales. He began his career in consulting at Monitor Group and McKinsey & Company.

Throughout his career, Andy’s strategic understanding of technology has helped him anticipate and harness state-of-the-art technologies to gain an operating and marketing edge. These include the creation of the first corporate website, the first adoption of Customer Relationship Management Software, and the early adoption of the cloud, robotic process automatic, application programming interface, and omni channel artificial intelligence at the companies where he previously worked. His Ph.D. thesis was on revenue and productivity growth through technology strategy and was conducted at Harvard Business School.

Andy is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on the board of FinanceIt.

Riz joined AEA in 2019 as Operating Partner and Chief Talent Officer. He is primarily focused on working with portfolio companies to assess, acquire, organize, retain and develop talent. He also facilitates sharing of human resources best practices across the AEA portfolio. Riz currently serves on the boards of BMS Enterprises and Jack’s Family Restaurants.

Prior to joining AEA, Riz served as chief human resources officer for BNSF Railway, where he was responsible for human resources, leadership and organizational development; medical and environmental health; and diversity & inclusion. Prior to BNSF, Riz served as executive vice president, human resources and administration, at Energy Future Holdings Corp. (formerly TXU Corp.). Before TXU, he served as vice president, human resources and corporate relations, for Kennametal, Inc., a global industrial manufacturing corporation in Pennsylvania. Riz has also served in executive-level human resources positions at Aetna Inc. in Hartford, Connecticut, and at Mary Kay Inc. in Dallas, Texas. Earlier in his career, Riz was with PepsiCo Foods International and with the Hay Group. Riz began his career as an engineer working for Schlumberger in offshore oil drilling.

Riz is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the Health Transformation Alliance, an organization representing 50 major employers with approximately seven million members, focused on improving the cost and quality of health care.

Andreas joined AEA in 2017 as an Operating Partner focusing on value-added industrial products. He currently serves on the board of AptarGroup and AEA portfolio companies API Technologies, Excelitas Technologies, NES SitelogIQ, and Spectrum Plastics Group.

Most recently, in his position as Honeywell Vice Chairman, he led the company’s Commercial Excellence Initiative, and helped advance the deployment of HOS Gold and position Honeywell as a premier software-industrial company. Prior to this role, Andreas served as the President and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies, a global leader in process technologies and catalysts for the oil, gas and petrochemical industries as well as a leader in the development and production of high purity, high performance materials such as refrigerants. Prior to that he served as President & CEO of Honeywell’s Environmental and Combustion Controls business.

Andreas is the recipient of the 2017 Chemical Industry Medal.

Greg joined AEA in 2017 and brings more than 30 years of financial experience to his role as an Operating Partner. He currently serves on the board of ThreeSixty. Greg also served on the board of former AEA portfolio company Shoes for Crews. Most recently, Greg spent 13 years with former AEA portfolio company Acosta Inc., where he served as CFO and COO.

Prior to Acosta, Greg was CFO of Encore Development, a software development firm. Prior to Encore, he was vice president, corporate controller for Beringer Wine Estates, a leading producer of premium wines. Prior to Beringer, Greg held several financial management positions including financial reporting, investor relations and chief accountant & corporate controller at Barnett Banks. He began his career with PriceWaterhouse, providing audit and assurance services to clients in the financial services, distribution and retail industries.

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.

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.

  • $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.