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Carlyle creates group to invest in Central, Eastern Europe

Washington-based Carlyle, a private-equity giant with more than $71 billion under management, said the new team will be headed by Ryszard Wojtkowski, who begins his duties immediately as a managing director based in Warsaw, Poland.

Wojtkowski comes to Carlyle from Enterprise Investors, where he was a managing partner. Since 1990, Enterprise Investors has been managing a group of private-equity funds in Poland and throughout Central and Eastern Europe, with capital provided by major European and US financial institutions. Carlyle’s new team for Central and Eastern Europe will make growth capital and buyout investments in companies across sectors such as consumer, retail, industrial, information technology, media, health care and financial services.

The scope of Carlyle’s investment capabilities will extend to Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and the Baltic states. “We see long-term opportunity in Central and Eastern Europe,” said Daniel D’Aniello, a Carlyle co-founder and managing director, in a company statement. (