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Granite Capital founder Lewis Eisenberg joins KKR as senior adviser

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has announced the appointment of Lewis M.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has announced the appointment of Lewis M. Eisenberg, co-founder and co-chairman of investment manager Granite Capital International, as a senior adviser to the firm.

Henry R. Kravis and George Roberts, co-founders of KKR, said: ‘Lew is both a long-time friend and a colleague. Bringing him in to this role is part of an enhanced effort to focus on and strengthen our relationships with our investment partners.

‘In addition to the financial and investment expertise he brings to KKR, his experience with infrastructure management, development and public planning will be a strong asset to our infrastructure team. He has spent a lifetime dedicated to both the public and private sectors.’

Eisenberg has a long tenure in the investment arena. He spent nearly a quarter of a century at Goldman Sachs where he was general partner and co-head of the equity division.

In addition to co-founding Granite Capital International Group, he co-founded Granum Communications where he also served on the board. Until 2007, he also served on the board of ITC, the nation’s largest independent electric transmission business and a former KKR portfolio company.

‘After working alongside KKR’s investment teams at ITC and Granum Communications, I am extremely proud to join a firm with such a distinguished history of building sustainable enterprises while creating value for investors. I look forward to working with the entire KKR team to continue to build upon the Firm’s strengths,’ Eisenberg says.

In addition to his corporate and investment experience, Eisenberg has a strong record of public service in both New York and New Jersey. He was appointed by former Governor Christine Todd Whitman to chair the New Jersey Commission on Privatization and Competitive Contracting in 1994.

Subsequently, he was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he was elected chairman in 1995 and served until December 2001.

New York Governor Pataki appointed Eisenberg a director of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation in December 2001, for which he chaired the Victims’ Families and Transportation Advisory Councils.

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