Chief Executive Officer of AEA and Partner
Brian is the Chief Executive Officer of AEA and a Partner. He joined AEA in 1999 and became a Partner in 2003. He was promoted to President in 2018 and to Chief Executive Officer in 2019. In his role, he focuses on AEA’s investments in the industrials sector. Brian currently serves on the boards of Excelitas Technologies and Visual Comfort & Co. He also served on the boards of current or former AEA portfolio companies At Home, CPG International, Evoqua Water Technologies, GMS, Henry Company, Houghton International, Noveon International, Pregis, Sovereign Specialty Chemicals, Springs Window Fashions, SRS Distribution, Swanson Industries, Symrise 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.
Brian earned a B.B.A. in accounting from Texas Christian University, where he graduated with honors. He also received an M.B.A. from Harvard University.