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KKR Partners with Veteran CEO Andy Silvernail to Pursue Acquisition Opportunities in the Americas

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KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced today that it is partnering with Andrew K. “Andy” Silvernail, the former Chairman and CEO of Madison Industries and IDEX Corporation, to pursue new acquisition opportunities.

Mr. Silvernail will work alongside KKR as an Executive Advisor to evaluate Americas investment opportunities across multiple sectors, including industrials, health care, and consumer products. Once a company is acquired, Mr. Silvernail will collaborate with KKR to drive breakthrough operating performance and implement KKR’s broad-based employee ownership program. Mr. Silvernail will be spending a portion of his time advising on investments for KKR Ascendant, a new strategy within KKR’s Americas Private Equity platform that focuses on investing in middle market businesses across the same sectors and themes as the broader platform.

Mr. Silvernail brings over two decades of experience leading and managing large global companies. Most recently, he served as Chairman and CEO of Madison Industries, one of the world’s largest privately held companies. Prior to that, he was Chairman and CEO of IDEX Corporation from 2011 to 2020, where he oversaw more than 500 percent growth in total shareholder return. Before joining IDEX Corporation, Mr. Silvernail held executive positions at Rexnord Industries, Newell Rubbermaid and Danaher Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Stryker Corporation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Andy as an Executive Advisor to our firm,” said Pete Stavros and Nate Taylor, Co-Heads of the Americas Private Equity platform at KKR. “With his proven track record of leadership and value creation, we are confident that Andy will be a phenomenal partner to our team as we continue to execute on our investment approach of driving holistic operational transformations across a variety of industries.”

“We have long admired Andy’s work in building IDEX into a best-in-class Industrials company and a benchmark for profitability and return on invested capital, as well as a proving ground for some of the most talented leaders in our industry. We cannot wait to have the opportunity to partner with Andy to create value on behalf of our investors,” added Josh Weisenbeck, Partner at KKR who leads KKR’s Industrials investment team.

“I have followed KKR for many years and have consistently been impressed by the firm’s ability to source exceptional investment opportunities and create lasting value for all stakeholders, especially through their commitment to shared ownership and employee engagement,” said Mr. Silvernail.

Since 2011, KKR has focused on employee ownership and engagement as a key driver in building stronger companies and driving greater financial inclusion. To date, KKR has awarded billions of dollars of total equity value to more than 45,000 non-senior employees across over 25 companies, and has committed to deploying this model in all control investments across its entire Americas Private Equity platform. In April 2022, KKR joined more than 60 organizations in becoming a founding partner of Ownership Works, a nonprofit created to support public and private companies transitioning to shared ownership models.

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life, and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.