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KKR appoints Jorge Fergie to head Brazil efforts

Jorge Fergie is joining KKR as managing director to head its São Paulo, Brazil office and business development in Brazil, effective 1 March 2013.

Fergie (pictured) will work with KKR’s global investment teams and KKR Capstone, operational improvement experts who work exclusively with KKR’s portfolio companies, to lead KKR’s investment activity in Brazil.

Henry Kravis and George Roberts, co-founders and co-chief executive officers of KKR, say: “As one of the world’s largest economies, Brazil is an important area of growth for KKR. Jorge Fergie is a great leader for our business and we’re confident he will further enable us to find and act on good opportunities for our investors.”

Prior to this appointment, Fergie spent nearly 29 years at McKinsey & Company where he was instrumental in establishing McKinsey’s business in Brazil and throughout Latin America.

He is a seasoned executive who has served as an adviser to governments and leading Latin American and multinational companies, supporting them in major transformational programmes, including identifying and implementing operational improvements, restructurings and privatisation programmes.

He most recently led the private equity practice at McKinsey in Brazil and Latin America. Prior to that he led the media and telecom practices and worked in a wide variety of key sectors of the economy.

Fergie says: "KKR is a pioneer of the private equity industry, and I am delighted to be joining such a world-class business. I was drawn to the firm because of its long track record of success around the globe, its philosophy of long-term, value-added investing and differentiated capabilities that will drive its long-term success in Brazil. KKR doesn’t just offer capital; it seeks to be a partner to leading local companies and entrepreneurs.”

KKR conducts business in Brazil through its subsidiary, KKR do Brasil Gestão de Investimentos e Participações Ltda.

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