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Founder and Chairman, Ownership Works
Co-Head of US Private Equity, KKR
Pete is the Founder and Chairman of Ownership Works. Pete’s interest in employee ownership began with his Dad who worked as an hourly construction worker in Chicago for 40 years and experienced what most Americans do — a lack of incentive alignment with his employer and no opportunity to create wealth. His interest in employee ownership deepened when he worked with an ESOP nearly 25 years ago, and later had an opportunity to study the topic in depth at business school. He has been experimenting with different models of employee ownership since that time.
Pete joined KKR in 2005 and is Co-Head of the Americas Private Equity platform which constitutes approximately $50 billion of assets covering investment strategies across traditional large and mid-cap private equity, core private equity and growth equity. He is a member of several investment and management committees at KKR and has also served as Co-Chair of the firm’s global Inclusion and Diversity Council. As an investor he has helped lead a number of successful investments across sectors and sizes including HCA Healthcare, Gardner Denver / Ingersoll Rand, Capsugel, Capital Safety, Hyperion, Flow Control Group, Charter Next Generation, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, Geostabilization International, Crosby Group and CHI Overhead Doors.
Prior to joining KKR, Pete was an investor with GTCR Golder Rauner, where he was involved in the execution of investments in the health care sector. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Duke University and an M.B.A. with high distinction, Baker Scholar, from Harvard Business School.