NEW YORK—Private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. has hired GOP activist Kenneth Mehlman as managing director and head of global public affairs, a new position. Mehlman will focus on constructive outreach to the numerous stakeholders of KKR and its portfolio companies around the world, including relationships with governments, third parties, and NGOs.
Mehlman is currently a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld with a practice in legislative and regulatory counseling. He previously served in high-level positions on Capitol Hill and the White House, including as chairman of the Republican National Committee and campaign manager of President Bush's successful re-election campaign.
"We have been increasingly engaged with a wide range of constituents in recent years," said KKR co-founding members Henry Kravis and George Roberts. "As we continue to communicate the public benefits of private equity, Ken is a wonderful addition to our executive team, allowing us to expand and institutionalize our outreach to key groups across our portfolio.”
KKR filed with regulators last July to go public and has amended its prospectus twice, but has delayed its listing while hiring several key executives for positions that are standard in most publicly traded companies.