Carlyle Hires Ex-Kuwait Petroleum CEO

Nader Sultan has joined The Carlyle Group as a senior advisor to the firm’s Middle East North Africa (MENA) team. He has spent the past 33 years in the Kuwaiti oil industry, most recently as deputy chairman and CEO of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation.


Global private equity firm The Carlyle Group today named Nader H. Sultan Senior Advisor to Carlyle’s Middle East North Africa (MENA) team.

Mr. Sultan will help identify investments, business opportunities and trends particularly in the energy sector in the Middle East and North Africa region. Carlyle MENA Partners, L.P. a $500 million fund, invests primarily in healthy, growing companies. From offices in Cairo, Dubai and Istanbul, the team of 12 investment professionals leverages Carlyle’s expertise in various sectors, including energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, infrastructure, technology and transportation.

David M. Rubenstein, Carlyle Co-founder and Managing Director, said, “We are proud to have Nader join us. He brings a wealth of experience, insight and relationships in the energy sector, both regionally and on an international scale.”

Walid Musallam, Carlyle Managing Director and Head of Carlyle MENA Partners, said, “Nader’s experience gives him extraordinary insight into the rapidly evolving energy landscape in the MENA region. He will be a tremendous asset to our team and our fund as we expand and develop our energy investing discipline.”

Mr. Sultan said, “I look forward to working with Carlyle’s talented team of MENA investment professionals to help build their success as investors and operators in the energy sector.”

Mr. Sultan worked for 33 years in the Kuwait oil industry, and was the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). Previously, he also served as Deputy Chairman and MD of Planning in KPC.

From 1993 until 2005, Mr. Sultan was a non-executive board member of Santa Fe International, which subsequently merged into Global Santa Fe, a publicly-listed drilling company in the United States.

Mr. Sultan is currently a Senior Partner in F+N Consultancy, a firm specializing in high-level strategic advice related to the energy industry. He is also the Director of the Oxford Energy Seminar at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, the Non-Executive Chairman of Ikarus Petroleum Holdings, and the Deputy Chairman of Stehwaz Holdings. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board of Riverstone Holdings LLC, the Board of AlMadar Finance and Investment, the Supervisory Board of the Al-Markaz Energy Fund, and on the International Advisory Board of Dana Gas.

Mr. Sultan was educated at King’s School, Gloucester and earned a B.S. in economics from the University of London.

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The Carlyle Group is a global private equity firm with $85.5 billion of assets under management committed to 66 funds as of December 31, 2008. Carlyle invests in buyouts, growth capital, real estate and leveraged finance in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America focusing on aerospace & defense, automotive & transportation, consumer & retail, energy & power, financial services, healthcare, industrial, infrastructure, technology & business services and telecommunications & media. Since 1987, the firm has invested $54.6 billion of equity in 896 transactions for a total purchase price of approximately $226.6 billion. The Carlyle Group employs more than 890 people in 20 countries. In the aggregate, Carlyle portfolio companies have more than $109 billion in revenue and employ more than 415,000 people around the world.