Robert Brown Leaves Carlyle for Advent International

Robert Brown has joined Advent International as a managing director and global head of limited partner services. He previously was a managing director with The Carlyle Group, focused on fundraising and investor relations.


Advent International, a leading global private equity firm, today announced that Robert D. Brown has joined the firm as a Managing Director and Global Head of Limited Partner Services. He is responsible for Advent’s fundraising and investor relations activities worldwide.

Prior to Advent, Mr. Brown was a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group focusing on North American fundraising and investor relations. During his 11-year tenure at Carlyle, he raised capital for the firm’s investment partnerships, including funds and co-investments, and was actively involved in product development, fund formation and marketing strategy. Mr. Brown also served on the firm’s Investor Relations Coordinating Committee, focusing on new fund initiatives, capital formation and limited partner relationships.

“Bob brings significant experience to Advent, which will enhance our ability to serve our growing investor base and attract new investors in an increasingly dynamic environment worldwide,” said Will Schmidt, a Managing Partner at Advent International in London. “His approach toward investor services – emphasizing openness and true partnership with limited partners – matches well with Advent’s philosophy.”

Mr. Brown has more than 15 years of fundraising and investor relations experience. Prior to Carlyle, he was a Vice President in the Private Equity Group at Merrill Lynch, where he was responsible for raising private equity, real estate, hedge fund, co-investment capital and direct private placements for approximately 100 transactions.

“While I look back at my Carlyle years with much fondness, I look forward to working at Advent with great enthusiasm,” said Mr. Brown. “I am thrilled to be working with such a highly talented and collegial group of professionals in both the LP Services and Investment Teams. In addition, I am particularly enthusiastic about working with the firm’s loyal group of limited partners from around the world. I hope that my experience in fundraising and investor relations will benefit both Advent and the firm’s investors in the years to come.”

Mr. Brown received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in 1992 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut in 1994.

About Advent International

Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the world’s leading global buyout firms, with offices in 16 countries on four continents. A driving force in international private equity for 25 years, Advent has built an unparalleled global platform of over 150 investment professionals across Western and Central Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on international buyouts, strategic repositioning opportunities and growth buyouts in five core sectors, working actively with management teams to drive revenue growth and earnings improvements in portfolio companies. Since inception, Advent has raised $24 billion in private equity capital and, through its buyout programs, has completed over 250 transactions valued at approximately $45 billion in 35 countries. For more information, visit