The Carlyle Group said Sept. 5 that it named Brian Wilson a Senior Advisor to the Asia buyout team. He is based in Sydney. Wilson is currently Chairman of Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board, Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney, a non-executive director of Bell Financial Group and a member of the Payments System Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Sydney – Global alternative asset manager, The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG), today announced the appointment of Brian Wilson as a Senior Advisor to the Asia buyout team. Mr. Wilson is based in Sydney.
Mr. Wilson is currently Chairman of Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board, Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney, a non-executive director of Bell Financial Group and a member of the Payments System Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
As a Senior Advisor, Mr. Wilson will advise the Carlyle team and portfolio company executives on key trends, support investment due diligence and serve on portfolio company boards. He becomes part of a group of 30 senior business executives who have been engaged as consultants to help Carlyle invest wisely and create value across a range of industries.
Mr. Wilson has more than 30 years of financial markets experience. He served as a Managing Director of Lazard, having co-founded the firm’s Australian operations in 2004. Prior to joining Lazard, he was a Vice‐Chairman of Citigroup Australia. During his investment banking career, he advised on more than 60 public company takeovers and reconstructions, including cross-border transactions involving North American, European and Asian companies across a range of industries.
Mr. X.D. Yang, Managing Director and Co-Head of the Carlyle Asia buyout team, said, “We are thrilled to welcome such an experienced business leader as an advisor to Carlyle. Carlyle has a long history of investing in Asia and we have built a large team with deep investment and operational experience across the region and industry sectors. Brian will be a great resource for our team as we continue to bring investment insights, financial resources as well as operational expertise to support the growth of the companies in the region.”
Mr. Wilson said, “I am delighted to partner with an organization that has such an outstanding track record of investment and value creation. I look forward to working closely with the team to assist as it pursues new investment opportunities across various sectors in Australasia and to create value for Carlyle’s portfolio companies.”
Mr. David Bluff, Managing Director and Head of Australasia of the Carlyle Asia buyout team, said, “I look forward to working with Brian to expand our presence and investment activities in Australasia. His excellent reputation, broad networks and extensive experience will further enhance our capabilities and broaden our reach in this important and attractive region.”
Carlyle has a strong track record of investing across the Asia Pacific region. In total, Carlyle has invested more than US$17 billion of equity in 225 transactions in the Asia Pacific region and close to US$2 billion of equity in 8 transactions in Australia as of June 30, 2016.
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About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $176 billion of assets under management across 127 funds and 164 fund of funds vehicles as of June 30, 2016. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Market Strategies and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,650 people in 35 offices across six continents.