Carlyle Names Europe/MENA HR Chief

The Carlyle Group has named Annie Paydar as the London-based head of human resources for the European and MENA regions. She previously led HR activities for the firm’s New York office.


Global private equity firm The Carlyle Group today announced it has named Annie Paydar Head of Human Resources for the European and MENA regions. Ms. Paydar has worked in Human Resources at Carlyle for more than five years, previously leading HR activities in the New York office. She will now be based in London.

Carlyle’s Human Resources team develops and implements Carlyle’s HR strategy and initiatives on a global basis, including compensation programs, performance management, training and development, recruitment and retention, and organizational development.

Lori Sabet, Carlyle Managing Director and Head of Global Human Resources, said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to appoint this role from within the firm. Annie started with Carlyle in our Washington, D.C. headquarters and most recently successfully built out the HR function for our New York office. Given her in-depth HR expertise, we are confident that she will also carry and build out the Carlyle HR culture to the European and MENA regions as she embarks on this role.”

Prior to joining Carlyle in 2004, Ms. Paydar was part of the Human Resources team with The Blackstone Group in New York City. She earned her Bachelors degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Utah.

Ms. Paydar said, “I welcome the opportunity to lead the Human Resources activities for the European and MENA regions. These regions play a critical role in the growth and vitality of the firm and I look forward to partnering with our funds to ensure we have the best programs in place to retain and motivate our most vital asset – our employees. We will also look to add to our exceptional pool of investment professionals with strategic talent placements as we continue to pursue new opportunities and return value to our investors.”

About The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group is a global private equity firm with $87.9 billion of assets under management committed to 65 funds as of September 30, 2009. 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 $57.5 billion of equity in 932 transactions for a total purchase price of approximately $230.9 billion. The Carlyle Group employs more than 870 people in 19 countries. In the aggregate, Carlyle portfolio companies have more than $109 billion in revenue and employ more than 415,000 people around the world.