KKR Hires New Executive To Improve Portfolio Company Operations

KKR, the alternative asset manager, has appointed Arthur Brohinsky, former executive vice president of software and consulting services company SmartOps, as a director responsible for leading the firm's Lean Six Sigma efforts. Brohinsky will join KKR's portfolio operations team, KKR

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KKR, the alternative asset manager, has appointed Arthur Brohinsky, former executive vice president of software and consulting services company SmartOps, as a director responsible for leading the firm’s Lean Six Sigma efforts. Brohinsky will join KKR’s portfolio operations team, KKR Capstone.

KKR Capstone works in partnership with KKR’s private equity investment professionals and portfolio company management teams to improve portfolio company operations. Brohinsky joins the group’s existing team of functional experts, which includes recent hires Todd Cooper, director responsible for procurement, and Jeffrey R Smith, director responsible for IT.

“Central to KKR’s private equity investing approach is the long-held belief that value is created by improving the operations and performance of the companies in which we invest,” says Dean B Nelson, founder of KKR Capstone. “At KKR Capstone, our mission is to address, over the lifetime of an investment, the most important operational value-creation levers in order to improve the performance of a portfolio company.”

KKR Capstone works alongside management teams to help identify and implement operational improvements in functional areas such as pricing, organisational design, sales force effectiveness, and operational efficiency.

Lean Six Sigma is a data-driven approach to improving a company’s business processes, resulting in higher margins, revenue growth, cost management, and more efficient use of capital.

Brohinsky, who is based in New York, started his career at Shell Oil Company in manufacturing engineering, supply chain, and risk management positions. After graduating from Harvard Business School, he worked at McKinsey & Company before joining SmartOps, a leading provider of manufacturing and supply chain software and consulting services, where he was most recently the executive vice president.

KKR sponsors and manages funds that make investments in private equity, fixed income and other assets in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

The firm has offices in New York, Menlo Park, San Francisco, Houston, Washington DC, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Mumbai and Sydney.

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