Jim Stavridis, a former four-star admiral in the US Navy, has joined The Carlyle Group as an operating executive consultant focused on geopolitical and national security issues. Stavridis (pictured) spent more than three decades in the Navy, at one point serving as supreme allied commander of NATO.
He joins a deep bench of operating executives and advisors at Carlyle focused on the aerospace, defense and government sectors. Others include Elmer Doty, a former CEO of multiple Carlyle portfolio companies in the aerospace industry, and Julian Browne, an experienced executive who also spent a quarter century in the British Army.
It's been a busy past nine months at Carlyle on the personnel front. Last October, the firm announced the appointment of Glenn Youngkin and Kewsong Lee as its new co-CEOs, taking over for the firm's trio of co-founders. Longtime energy executive Robert Mancini is reportedly set to retire at the end of the month, and in December, Carlyle hired away a new managing director from BlackRock for its corporate PE unit.
Carlyle has a history of hires with deep political connections. George H.W. Bush was an advisor to the firm in his post-presidency career, while former Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci was chairman of Carlyle from 1993 until 2002.