Carlyle promotes in bulk

The global private equity firm has promoted 15 professionals to senior positions including five to managing director and 10 to principal/director.

Global private equity firm The Carlyle Group announced today the promotion of 15 professionals including five new managing directors:  Matthew Boyer, Jeffrey Ferguson, Ian Fujiyama, Ryan Schwarz and Kazuhiro Yamada.

According to the firm’s website, the promotions will bring the total number of Carlyle managing directors worldwide to 90.

Three of the new managing directors – Ferguson, Fujiyama and Scwarz – are based in Carlyle’s Washington, DC office while Boyer and Yamada are based in New York and Tokyo, respectively.

Boyer, a former senior vice president at Lehman Brothers, focuses on buyouts in the US telecommunications sector and has been involved with the firm’s investments in Dex Media and Verizon Hawaii.

Ferguson is the firm’s general counsel and, before joining Carlyle, was an associate at law firm Latham & Watkins.

Fujiyama, who joined Carlyle in 1997, concentrates on US consumer and retail investments and has worked with portfolio companies United Components, KorAm Bank, Boto International Holdings, Communications and Power, EG&G Technical Services and Lear Siegler Services.

Schwarz specializes in venture opportunities in the US healthcare sector and has led investments in Liposonix, Transport Pharmaceuticals, Proteus Biomedical and Heritage Health.

Yamada focuses on Japanese leveraged buyouts and has been involved with the acquisitions of Asahi Security, Kito and Rhythm.

Carlyle also promoted 10 other professionals around the world to the position of principal/director. The firm employs almost 300 investment professionals out of 23 offices in 14 countries around the world. The firm recently held a $5 billion (€3.8 billion) first close on its fourth US buyout fund, Carlyle Partners IV, which has a target of $6.5 billion.