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Elliot Wagner


Managing Director
The Carlyle Group (New York, NY)


Elliot J. Wagner is a Managing Director with U.S. Buyout, focusing on buyouts, privatizations and strategic minority investments in the Consumer and Retail sector. From 2000-2008, Mr. Wagner was a member of the Aerospace, Defense & Government Services team and was based in our Washington, DC office. Mr. Wagner is currently based in New York.

Since joining Carlyle in 2000, Mr. Wagner has been actively involved with Carlyle’s investments in current portfolio companies NBTY, Inc. (acquired in partnership with Carlyle’s Europe Buyout Fund), Sequa Corporation and Wesco Aircraft Hardware Corporation. Mr. Wagner was also a member of the transaction teams that executed Carlyle’s investments in Landmark Aviation which was sold to Dubai Aerospace in August 2007; USIS which was sold to Providence Equity Partners in August 2007; Avio which was sold to Cinven in December 2006; Communications & Power Industries in which Carlyle sold its stake in the senior and junior preferred stock to Leonard Green & Partners in November 2003; and United Defense Industries which was exited through an IPO in December 2001 and subsequent secondary equity offering/block trades.

Prior to joining Carlyle in 2000, Mr. Wagner was a Financial Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Lehman Brothers, where he focused on transactions in the Aerospace, Defense & Technology sectors.

Mr. Wagner graduated with distinction from Cornell University, where he received a B.S. in economics and business management.

Mr. Wagner is a member of the Board of Directors of NBTY, Inc., and formerly served as a board member of Sequa Corporation, Wesco Aircraft Hardware Corporation and USIS. Mr. Wagner currently serves on the Advisory Council of Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.