Kewsong Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of Carlyle and was elected to the Board of Directors effective January 1, 2018. Mr. Lee joined Carlyle in 2013 as Deputy Chief Investment Officer for Corporate Private Equity and in 2016 he assumed the additional role of leading the Global Credit segment. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Lee was a partner and a member of the Executive Management Group at Warburg Pincus, where he spent 21 years. He currently serves as the President of the Lincoln Center Theater, Chairman of the US Chamber of Commerce China Center Advisory Board, Vice Chair of the US China Business Council, and Vice Chair of the Partnership for New York City. He also is a member of the Business Roundtable, serves on the board of FCLT Global, and is a Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Lee earned his AB in applied mathematics in economics at Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Curtis L. Buser is the Chief Financial Officer of Carlyle and has served in such capacity since December 2014. From May 2014 until December 2014, Mr. Buser served as Carlyle’s Interim Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Buser joined Carlyle in 2004 as a managing director and served as the firm’s Chief Accounting Officer until May 2014. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Buser was an audit partner with Ernst & Young, LLP. He began his career with Arthur Andersen in 1985 and was admitted to its partnership in 1997. Mr. Buser graduated from Georgetown University.
Mr. Clare is a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Clare was elected to our Board of Directors effective January 1, 2018. Mr. Clare is the Chief Investment Officer of Corporate Private Equity, Chairman of the Americas and Chair of the US Buyout and Growth Investment Committees. From 2011 to 2021, Mr. Clare served as the Co-Head of the US Buyout team, managing Carlyle’s three largest private equity funds. He also served as Deputy Chief Investment Officer of the Company’s CPE segment from 2015 to 2018. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Clare was based in Hong Kong and was a founding member of the Carlyle Asia Buyout team and continues to serve on the Carlyle Asia Buyout Investment Committee. In 2001 and 2002, Mr. Clare launched Carlyle’s initial investments in distressed debt, which led to the creation of Carlyle Strategic Partners. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Clare served as the Global Head of the Aerospace, Defense & Government Services sector team. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Clare was with First City Capital Corporation, a private equity group that invested in buyouts, public equities, distressed bonds and restructurings. Prior to joining First City Capital, he was with the Merchant Banking Group of Prudential-Bache. Mr. Clare currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Nouryon, Standard Aero and Sedgwick Claims Management as well as several private U.S. buyout portfolio companies. Mr. Clare has previously served on the boards of Booz Allen Hamilton, CommScope, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Sequa and Signode Industrial. Mr. Clare serves on the Board of Directors of Georgetown University. Mr. Clare is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeffrey W. Ferguson is the General Counsel of Carlyle and has served in such capacity since 1999. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Ferguson was an associate with the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. Mr. Ferguson received a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also received his law degree from the University of Virginia, and is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and Virginia.
Ryan Selwood is a Partner and Chief Development Officer of Carlyle based in New York. In his role, he is involved in a range of investment and management activities across Carlyle, working alongside many in leadership to drive major priorities including growth initiatives and corporate M&A. He will serve on Investment Committees across all segments of the firm. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Selwood spent over 15 years at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPP Investments”), one of the world’s largest investors of private capital, where he was Head of Direct Private Equity and a member of the Global Leadership Team with responsibility for the firm’s CA$53 billion direct PE portfolio across North America and Europe. He also served on its Investment Decision Committee, which approves large investments across all asset classes globally, and its Private Equity Investment Committee. Prior to CPP Investments, Mr. Selwood was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co. He has served on the boards of Waymo, Wilton Re, Dorna Sports, Antares, Ascot Group and AWAS Aviation Capital. Mr. Selwood earned his LL.B./MBA from Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business at York University and his BA from Western University.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Tall served in a series of leadership positions at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), one of the world’s largest infrastructure investors and the second largest pension fund in Canada. He also served on CDPQ’s Executive Committee and Investment-Risk Committee and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ivanhoé Cambridge, CDPQ’s real estate subsidiary. Before joining CDPQ, he held several senior management positions with companies in the energy and finance sectors, namely Hydro-Québec, MEG International, Novergaz and Probyn & Company.
Mr. Tall also sits on the Board of Directors of The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal and National Bank of Canada and is a member of the Infrastructure Advisory Board of Global Affairs Canada and the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund Investments Committee. In addition, he has served as co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Global Infrastructure Facility of the World Bank.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from HEC Montréal and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Ottawa. He also completed an undergraduate degree in Economics at Université de Montréal.