Carlyle veteran Pete Clare to depart after Schwartz named CEO

Pete Clare, a three-decade veteran of Carlyle Group Inc. who has turn out to be synonymous with its buyouts enterprise, is leaving after being handed over for the highest job on the personal fairness agency. 

Clare — chief funding officer of company personal fairness, chairman of the Americas and a member of the board — will step down from the Washington-based firm on April 30, after aiding with a transition, in line with a regulatory submitting Monday. 

After the abrupt departure in August of its earlier CEO, Kewsong Lee, members of Carlyle’s board debated whether or not to faucet an exterior candidate or rent from inside, Bloomberg beforehand reported. Clare emerged as a candidate for the job, however administrators finally determined Carlyle would profit from hiring a enterprise operator and outsider with a contemporary perspective. 

“We want him and his whole household nicely in his retirement,” Carlyle Co-Chairmen Invoice Conway and David Rubenstein mentioned in an announcement.

Clare, 57, has given up his seat on the board of administrators, the place his voice carried weight with the agency’s three founders, Conway, Rubenstein and Daniel A. D’Aniello. Clare’s departure paves the way in which for Carlyle’s new CEO, former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Co-President Harvey Schwartz, to remake the agency in his personal proper. 

The board expects Schwartz, 58, to deal with monetary metrics and embark on a finances assessment whereas persevering with the agency’s push past buyouts for brand new sources of income. The agency has struggled to shore up traders’ confidence in its path to development, and Carlyle shares have underperformed rivals Apollo World Administration Inc. and KKR & Co. over the previous yr.

Clare helped construct Carlyle’s Asia buyout enterprise and launch the agency’s first distressed-debt investments earlier than being appointed co-head of the US buyout division in 2011. 

The Americas personal fairness enterprise he presided over has lengthy been an influence middle on the Washington agency, making high-profile bets on authorities contracting giants resembling ManTech and Booz Allen Hamilton. However it additionally faces an more and more crowded market as extra rivals compete with it for {dollars} and offers.

In an try and elevate returns at Carlyle’s personal fairness arm, Lee had tried to push by adjustments in how the group was run. 

Lee requested the agency’s development and buyout groups to work extra intently collectively and had been making an attempt to enact additional organizational adjustments within the personal fairness division, mentioned individuals accustomed to the matter. However the unit, partially due to Clare’s grip, at occasions resisted change. Lee’s turnaround bid was minimize brief when he left Carlyle.

Clare is leaving as fundraising for the agency’s fundamental personal fairness fund goes slower than anticipated. His departure isn’t a so-called key-man occasion, a clause that will have triggered an computerized suspension of all new offers till sure traders weighed in, mentioned an individual accustomed to the matter. 

Sandra Horbach and Brian Bernasek, who lead Carlyle’s US buyout and development platform collectively, will even step up as co-leads of the Americas. Horbach constructed the agency’s shopper and retail deal apply and is without doubt one of the most senior girls within the personal fairness trade. Bernasek headed the agency’s industrial crew.  

–With help from Erin Fuchs.

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