Carlyle appoints new IR MD in London

The firm has announced 43 new partners, managing directors and directors globally.

The Carlyle Group, in a raft of 43 senior promotions announced today, has appointed Brynjar Agnarsson as a new managing director of investor relations based in London.

Agnarsson was previously a director of investor relations in the firm’s European global market strategies team, according to its website. Prior to joining Carlyle, he was a principal in Blackstone’s Park Hill Group, where he worked in investor relations covering European clients.

Fernando Chueca and Thorsten Dipple were appointed as new managing directors in the European Technology business in London. The firm closed its Carlyle Europe Technology Partners III (CETP III) fund on €656 million in May, exceeding its €500 million target.

CETP III was followed by Carlyle Europe Partners IV that closed in July on €3.75 billion, surpassing its €3 billion target. On its European buyout team, Alex Stirling was promoted to managing director. He advises on business services and consumer sector investments.

Also in London, Ian Jackson was promoted to partner in Carlyle’s distressed and corporate opportunities division. Jackson is managing director and co-head of Carlyle Strategic Partners. In the distressed and corporate opportunities team in New York, Eric Byun was appointed as a managing director.

Among the new partners based in New York is Stephen Guillette in the emerging markets team. Martin Sumner was appointed partner in US Buyout in Washington where he is focused on investment opportunities in industrial and transport sectors. In the same team, Vipul Amin was appointed to managing director, and Anna Tye, one of only four women on the list, was promoted to principal. The only woman promoted to partner was Barbara Murphy in the firm’s US Real Estate team based in Washington.

The firm had amassed $26 billion of dry powder as of June 2015 and among its funds is currently investing its $13 billion Carlyle Partners VI vehicle, according to PEI Research & Analytics.

Daniel Sterenberg has been appointed as managing director in its South America buyout division based in Sao Paulo. The firm’s Brazil Buyout fund targeting BRL 375 million ($93 million; €86 million) has held a first close and is currently investing, according to PEI’s Research & Analytics.

In Asia, Neeraj Bharadwaj was appointed partner in Carlyle’s buyout team in its Mumbai office. He advises on large growth and buyout opportunities across India.

The list of promotions across partner, managing director, and principal/director levels follows the announcement earlier this week that Stephen Wise is to head the firm’s global healthcare team, replacing Kathy Bechtel, with whom he co-led the team for the past year, as reported by Private Equity International.