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Carlyle Group appoints new operations exec

The global private equity group has hired former Goldman Sachs special situations director to bolster its US middle market operations capabilities.

The Carlyle Group has appointed Jill Wight as a principal in its US middle market group in a newly created operations role, according to a statement from the global private equity firm.

Wight will assist executives in  new portfolio companies compile 100-day plans following Carlyle's investment, and help recruit the private equity firm's team of operating executives.

The US middle market team is currently investing Carlyle U.S. Equity Opportunity Fund I, a USD 1.1 billion 2011 vehicle, and marketing its U.S. Equity Opportunity Fund II, which has a $2 billion target, according to reports.

The firm's equity opportunity funds focus on mid-sized buyouts that require $25 million to $150 million of equity in companies in the aerospace, defense, technology, consumer, retail, telecommunications, media, industrial and healthcare sectors.

Wight was formerly a director in the special situations group of Goldman Sachs where she led its portfolio operations group.