This is just a snapshot of the 250 speakers at SuperReturn International 2015 - view list of speakers confirmed to date here
David co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing more than $156 billion from 32 offices around the world. From 1977-1981, during the Carter Administration, David was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, he practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw Pittman).
General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus has served as Chairman of the KKR Global Institute since 2013. In this capacity, he is involved in the KKR investment process and is responsible for overseeing analysis of geopolitical and macro-economic trends, as well as environmental, social, and governance issues. Prior to joining KKR, Gen. Petraeus served over 37 years in the U.S. military, including as commander of coalition forces in Iraq, commander of U.S. Central Command, and commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, Gen. Petraeus served as the Director of the CIA. Gen. Petraeus has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO and United Nations medals and awards, and he has been decorated by 13 foreign countries.
Mr. Ressler co-founded Ares Management LLC in 1997, an asset management firm with approximately $85 billion in AUM with a focus on ‘alternative assets’ (i.e leveraged loans, HY bonds, distressed debt, private/mezzanine debt, structured credit, commercial real estate and private equity) managed through a variety of funds and investment vehicles. Mr. Ressler also co-founded Apollo Management, L.P in 1990, a publicly traded investment firm based in New York. Prior to 1990, Mr. Ressler served as a Senior Vice President in the High Yield Bond Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated, with responsibility for the New Issue/Syndicate Desk.
James (“Jim”) Coulter is the CEO and a Founding Partner of TPG. The firm was founded in 1992. TPG is a leading private investment firm managing in excess of $55 billion in assets in more than 130 countries. TPG is based in San Francisco and Fort Worth and has 17 offices in 11 countries around the world. TPG has been a lead equity investor in more than 150 companies.
Mr. Black is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Apollo Global Management, LLC and a Managing Partner of Apollo Management, L.P. which he founded in 1990 to manage investment capital on behalf of a group of institutional investors, focusing on corporate restructuring, leveraged buyouts, and taking minority positions in growth-oriented companies. From 1977 to 1990, Mr. Black worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated, where he served as Managing Director, head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and co-head of the Corporate Finance Department.
Steve Koltes is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of CVC Capital Partners. From 1980 to 1988 he worked in Citicorp’s corporate and investment banks in New York, Zurich and London. In 1988 he joined Citicorp Venture Capital Europe in London, later spun out of Citicorp to become CVC Capital Partners.
Since the formation of Oaktree in 1995, Mr. Marks has been responsible for ensuring the firm's adherence to its core investment philosophy; communicating closely with clients concerning products and strategies; and contributing his experience to big-picture decisions relating to investments and corporate direction. From 1985 until 1995, Mr. Marks led the groups at The TCW Group, Inc. that were responsible for investments in distressed debt, high yield bonds, and convertible securities. He was also Chief Investment Officer for Domestic Fixed Income at TCW. Previously, Mr. Marks was with Citicorp Investment Management for 16 years.
Jacques P. Chappuis is a Managing Director, Head of Carlyle Solutions, and serves on The Carlyle Group’s Management Committee. He is also Chairman of AlpInvest Partners, a board member of Diversified Global Asset Management Corporation (DGAM), and Chairman of the Carlyle Solutions Tactical Investment Committee. Mr. Chappuis joined Carlyle in 2013 and is based in New York.
Joseph Baratta is Global Head of Private Equity and a member of the firm's Management and Executive Committees. He joined Blackstone in 1998, and in 2001, Mr. Baratta moved to London to help establish Blackstone's corporate private equity business in Europe. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Baratta was with Tinicum Incorporated, and McCown De Leeuw & Company. Mr. Baratta also worked at Morgan Stanley in its mergers and acquisitions department.
Mitch Truwit is co-CEO of Apax Partners and a Partner in the Services team. Prior to joining Apax Partners in 2006, Mitch was the President and CEO of Orbitz Worldwide, a subsidiary of Travelport and was also Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of priceline.com.
Hugh joined Cinven in 1991 and became Managing Partner in 2009. He is responsible for the execution of the firm’s strategy, the day-to-day management of the firm and the investment and realisation of its current funds. Before joining Cinven, Hugh worked at Bain & Company and Citigroup in London and Paris.
Joseph P. Landy is co-chief executive officer of Warburg Pincus, a $39 billion global private equity firm, where he has been engaged in all aspects of private equity investing since 1985. He has been jointly responsible for the management of the firm since 2000, including the formulation of strategy, oversight of investment policy and decisions, leadership of the firm's executive management group and the coordination of limited partner communications. During his tenure at the firm, Mr. Landy’s principle areas of investment focus have been information technology, Internet applications and infrastructure, communications applications and structured investments.
Brian joined TA Associates, a leading growth private equity firm, in 1984. He is the former co-Head of TA’s Technology Group, and is currently Chairman of TA’s Executive Committee, Chairman of the firm’s Portfolio Committee, and is Co-Chair of TA’s Core Investment Committee. He has worked with numerous TA portfolio companies, including Boards of eight publicly held companies, and is a former Trustee of Amherst College.
Christophe Evain has been instrumental in driving the international expansion of ICG having opened ICG’s first non-domestic office in Paris in 1995. He then set up both the Asia and North American businesses. After graduating from Paris-Dauphine University, he worked at Credit Lyonnais in the United States and held a number of roles in leading financial institutions including Banque de Gestion Privée, National Westminster Bank and Credit Lyonnais specialising in leverage and structured finance. He was appointed a Managing Director of ICG in October 2005 and CEO in March 2010. Christophe is a member of the Executive Committee and Investment Committee.
USS is the principal pension fund for the UK university sector and has approximately £34 billion in assets as of March 2012. USS currently has approximately £6.5 billion invested across alternative assets. Mike has overall responsibility for the Alternatives programme and is Chairman of the Alternatives Investment Committee. He is also a member of the USSIM Executive Committee and Investment Policy Committee. Prior to joining USS, Mike spent the majority of his career at Shell Pensions Management Services Limited in a variety of investment roles, latterly as the Head of Strategy.
Kathleen Bacon is a managing director who concentrates on managing European and emerging markets primary partnership investments. She has also been involved with direct and secondary partnership investments. Kathleen joined the Firm’s London subsidiary in 1994 and serves on the advisory boards of a number of private equity partnerships. Kathleen’s prior experience includes a position with the First National Bank of Boston, where she was responsible for lending to U.S. subsidiaries of U.K.-owned companies.
Stéphane Garelli — a world authority on competitiveness — has pioneered research in this field for 25 years. Professor at IMD (Institute of Management Development) Lausanne, where he has founded the World Competitiveness Centre, he is also professor at the University of Lausanne. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Le Temps”, the leading French language Swiss newspaper. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of the Sandoz Financial and Banking Holding, and member of the board of the Banque Edouard Constant. For twelve years he was permanent senior adviser to the European management of Hewlett-Packard, and before that he was the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and of the Davos Symposium for many years.
Allen is responsible for sourcing new private equity General Partner relationships, managing, monitoring, performing due diligence underwriting, and negotiating terms of select private equity investments for the fund’s 12% allocation to the asset class, as well as assisting in the coordinating and preparation of private equity alternative investment performance to senior management and Board members. Prior to joining TRS in November 2000, Mr. MacDonell worked at Duke Management Company, the investment management group for Duke University.
Guy is Terra Firma’s Founder, and sits on the General Partners’ boards. He started his career with Goldman Sachs International where he went on to become Head of Eurobond Trading and then Head of Goldman Sachs’ Global Asset Structuring Group. Guy left Goldman’s in 1994 to establish the Principal Finance Group (PFG) at Nomura International plc which acquired 15 businesses with an aggregate enterprise value of €20 billion. Guy led the spin out of PFG to form Terra Firma in 2002.
Andy Stewart, Managing Director, is the global co-head of BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI) and serves as a member of BlackRock's Global Operating and Human Capital Committees. Mr. Stewart is responsible for managing the operation and strategic development of BAI. BAI includes BlackRock's hedge funds and opportunistic funds, funds of hedge funds, private equity and credit, private equity funds of funds, real estate and real assets. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2013, Mr. Stewart worked at Credit Suisse in the Asset Management division, where he was Head of Liquid Alternatives and led their hedge fund, fund of hedge fund, index, credit and commodities teams. Mr. Stewart previously worked for Man Investments, Inc. where he was President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for business management and overall supervision of the firm's activities, and global head of Managed Accounts.
Kevin has 30 years of private equity experience and is a member of Pantheon’s Executive Committee and is responsible for business development and client service activities globally at Pantheon. Kevin previously worked at Elevation Partners where he was in charge of fundraising and investor relations. For the 24 years prior to joining Elevation, Kevin ran the Global Private Equity Placement Group at Merrill Lynch.
Mr. Searing joined DCM in 2002 as a Performance Analyst and is now a member of the investment team responsible for partnership selection and portfolio management. Prior to joining DCM, Mr. Searing worked as a Performance Analyst at Morgan Stanley Investment Advisors where he was responsible for monitoring and reporting on performance for retail and institutional clients. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley Investment Advisors, Mr. Searing worked at Garban Securities, Inc. in the Mortgage Backed and Asset-Backed trading area.
Professor Oliver Gottschalg of HEC Paris is a world leading expert on the strategic logic and the performance determinants of PE investments. His work has been published in leading academic journals, in various publications for practitioners and was featured over 100 times in the business media (press, radio, TV and online) in the past 3 years. He co-founded PERACS, a leading provider of standardized independent PE Track record analytics services, currently advising approx. 10% of the PE Fund Manager market worldwide.
Caspar is a professional risk taker. He has had a roller-coaster of successful and diverse careers starting with Economics and Anthropology at Cambridge University, followed by Screenwriter, Professional Poker Player and Digital Media Entrepreneur. Now he brings his real-life experience to analyse the psychology of his and others’ decision making. - And all of this is done using poker as a fun and engaging but completely relevant metaphor. His premise is that all decisions are investment decisions. Investments of time, money, status, energy, comfort and security made with the intention of getting some kind of long term return. But we often get it wrong. What’s the psychology of decision making and the cause of risk aversion in humans? Ultimately how can you turn this around to become a self-motivational tool to achieve better long term results?
Tim Jenkinson is a Professor of Finance and head of the finance faculty at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is also the Director of the Oxford Private Equity Institute. His areas of expertise include private equity, initial public offerings (IPOs), institutional asset management and the cost of capital. Prof. Jenkinson is the leading European expert on IPOs and has conducted extensive research on the conflicts of interest inherent in the relationships between investment banks, investors and companies. His research has revealed how and why international investment banks charge significantly higher IPO fees to American companies compared with their European counterparts. This research on IPO discrepancies was published in the Journal of Finance and has attracted considerable media attention from publications such as The Economist, Reuters, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNN, Time and various appearances on business new channels.
Ralf Huep joined Advent International GmbH in 1991 and has 20 years of private equity experience. He is Co-Chairman of Advent’s Executive Committee and a member of Advent’s European and North American Investment Advisory Committees. Prior to joining Advent, he was a financial analyst at Veba AG and a project manager in the mergers and acquisitions department of Continental AG.
Prior to joining LGT CP in 1998, Mr. Vercoutere was Vice President and member of the investment committee of Pacific Corporate Group, Inc (PCG), a California-based global private equity advisor and manager. While at PCG he was responsible for evaluating, performing due diligence on, negotiating and monitoring over USD 1.8 billion of private equity investments on behalf of institutional investors, including The World Bank, CalPERS, the State of Oregon, the State of Rhode Island and PCG’s funds of funds.
Stuart Schonberger is one of the founding partners of CDH Investments and is the head of the firm’s investor relations activities. He is the principal liaison between the investment team and the firm’s nearly 100 global institutional investors and regularly participates in investment team meetings. Founded in 2002, CDH Investments is an international US$7 billion alternative investment fund manager focused on China.
Skandia Life has one the largest private equity programs in the Nordic countries and Jonas is responsible for investments in buyout funds and co-investments in Europe and North America. Prior to his current role, Jonas was a Management Consultant with Arthur D. Little where he focused on private equity, strategy development and due diligence, primarily in the Nordic region.
Dan Parker is responsible for strategy development, general research, manager research and portfolio construction in the alternatives and inflation-sensitive segments of the Trust’s investment program. Prior to joining the Trust, Mr. Parker was a vice president in private equity at BlackRock where he supported commingled funds and separate accounts with an aggregate value of more than $8 billion. Before that, he was an investment banking associate at Citigroup where he closed more than $20 billion worth of transactions across the capital structure, including debt, equity and M&A.
Michael is co-heading ACP’s global private equity fund investment team (comprising primary, co-investment and secondary activities with total AuM of EUR 6bn and 17 professionals in New York, Munich and Singapore) and has a focus on investments in Europe and North America. Prior to joining ACP in 2003, he was employed as a senior M&A consultant for venture capital and buyout transactions in the corporate finance division of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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