Debra Pedersen Joins Carlyle Group

Debra Pedersen has joined The Carlyle Group as a managing director of global leveraged finance, with a focus on investor relations and fundraising. She previously was a managing director with Plainfield Asset Management.

Global private equity firm The Carlyle Group today announced it has named Debra Pedersen Managing Director of Global Leveraged Finance responsible for investor relations and fundraising. Ms. Pedersen joins Carlyle from Plainfield Asset Management where she was a Managing Director. She brings more than twenty years of experience to Carlyle. Ms. Pedersen is based in New York.

Mike Ramsay, Managing Director and Head of Global Leveraged Finance, said, “Debra is a great addition to our global platform. Her scope of experience and depth of contacts will help us to reach new audiences and investors.”

Ms. Pedersen said, “This is a great time to join a well regarded global leveraged finance operation. Mike and his team are innovators, bringing new products to market and serving investors well under complex credit conditions.”

Carlyle Global Leveraged Finance (U.S. Leveraged Finance, Europe Leveraged Finance and Mezzanine Finance) comprises 39 investment professionals based in London, New York and Los Angeles. The team manages credit risk across 22 funds with $13 billion of assets under management.

Prior to Plainfield Asset Management, Ms. Pedersen was a Managing Director at U.S. Trust Company where she was the head of a team in their Family Wealth Management practice. Previously, Ms. Pedersen held positions at J.P. Morgan Investment Management as an energy analyst and at Morgan Stanley in Corporate Finance.

Ms. Pedersen earned her BA at the University of Pennsylvania and her BSE at The Wharton School.

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The Carlyle Group is a global private equity firm with $84.5 billion of assets under management committed to 64 funds as of March 31, 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 $55.7 billion of equity in 909 transactions for a total purchase price of approximately $227.5 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.