Goldman names five private equity pros partners

Goldman Sachs has invited 94 executives to become partners including the co-heads of its private equity group.

Goldman Sachs has named five of its senior private equity executives partners at the firm. A total of 94 executives worldwide were promoted to partners.

The firm appointed Charles Baillie and Christopher Kojima, co-heads of the private equity group and co-chairmen of the investment committee. The two are also portfolio managers focusing on primary, co-investment and secondary investment opportunities.

Prior to joining the private equity group in 2000, Baillie worked in Goldman Sachs’ mergers and acquisitions group in London, where he focused on restructurings. Kojima joined the private equity group in 1999 before which he specialised in leveraged buyouts and acquisition financing in Goldman Sachs’ leveraged finance department.

The firm also appointed as partners Martin Hintze, head of private equity for German-speaking Europe, Michael Koester, chief financial officer of the principal investment area and principal investment area executive Sanggyun Ahn, who is based in Hong Kong.

The principal investment area encompasses direct investment group GS Capital Partners, GS Mezzanine Partners, principal investment and investment banking joint venture GS Direct and a technology group focusing on venture, growth capital and buyouts.

Goldman Sachs declined to provide further information regarding the executives.