Carlyle hires former BlackRock exec

Curtis Johnson has joined the firm’s sales and marketing team to focus on fund of funds. 

The Carlyle Group has hired Curtis Johnson as a managing director on the global sales and marketing team of Carlyle Solutions, according to a spokeswoman from the firm.

Johnson was previously a director of US institutional business development at Schroder Investment Management and a director in the global client group at BlackRock, according to his LinkedIn profile. He also worked as a director at Prudential Financial and a business analyst at GE Capital and Kraft Foods.

Johnson began the role at Carlyle on Monday and reports to managing director Neil Collins, who joined the firm’s New York office in January. Johnson works directly with Reidan Cruz, a managing director the firm also hired earlier this year, according to the spokeswoman.

Johnson will initially focus on Carlyle’s real estate fund of funds platform Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management, which the firm acquired in November 2013. He will eventually work with private equity fund of funds platform AlpInvest and Carlyle’s Toronto-based hedge fund unit, Diversified Global Asset Management Corporation, which the firm acquired in February. All three platforms are a part of the firm’s business unit Carlyle Solutions, which is led by managing director Jacques Chappuis. 

Carlyle has also hired a fourth managing director for Carlyle Solutions who will join the global marketing and sales team in August, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The new hires are an effort to build out Carlyle Solutions’ capabilities, according to the spokeswoman. Other members of the global marketing and sales teams of AlpInvest, Metropolitan and DGAM are based in Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles and New York.