Kewsong Lee is to join alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group as deputy chief investment officer for corporate private equity.
Lee comes to this newly-created position at Carlyle from Warburg Pincus where he was managing director and member of the executive management group. Lee begins his duties in late December and will be based in New York and Washington, DC.
Carlyle co-chief executive officer and chief investment officer William E Conway, Jr says: "Carlyle's greatest strength is the depth, continuity and collegiality of our global investment professionals. Kew will be a great addition to this team and will play a critical role in helping us ensure the platform we have created continues to make superb investments and create value for our investors."
Lee says: "It is an honour to have the chance to join one of the industry's most successful buyout platforms and to work with Bill and his team. This is an exciting time in Carlyle's history and I am eager to learn and contribute. After 21 wonderful years at Warburg Pincus, I wish my colleagues all the best."
As deputy CIO, Lee will assist Conway in a range of activities related to investing and managing Carlyle's corporate private equity platform, which consists of 11 buyout and growth capital funds totalling USD58bn in assets under management. In addition to becoming a member of each fund's investment committee, Lee will join the firm's management and operating committees, and also help with corporate development for the firm.
Lee joined Warburg Pincus in 1992, and was a member of the executive management group. Most recently, he led the firm's consumer, industrial and services group, and in the past, played an instrumental role in developing Warburg Pincus' leveraged buyout and special situations efforts. He also led the firm's financial services practice and helped drive the firm's capital markets activities. Prior to Warburg Pincus he was a consultant at McKinsey.