Feature: Populism, Geopolitics and Smart Investing
Co-Head, KKR Global Impact
Ken Mehlman joined KKR in 2008 and is a Member and Global Head of Public Affairs and Co-Head of KKR Global Impact. Since joining KKR, Ken has helped identify investment opportunities and assess and improve the companies in which KKR invests by engaging stakeholders and leveraging geopolitical, public policy, and ESG trends.
KKR Global Impact is the firm’s private market investing platform focused on businesses that promote commercial solutions to global issues associated with economic development, environmental management, next generation energy, agricultural and food production, responsible land use, and education and learning.
Mr. Mehlman architected KKR’s responsible investment efforts that seek to create shared value for KKR investors and other stakeholders. This includes a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund that now includes more than 58 KKR portfolio companies; the hiring of more than 77,600 veterans and military spouses across KKR portfolio companies; and a wellness collaboration with the American Heart Association benefitting 250,000 employees. Ken also oversees the firm’s global external affairs, including corporate marketing, regulatory affairs & public policy, and communications.
Mr. Mehlman spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, the only Republican presidential campaign in 30 years to win the popular vote. Mr. Mehlman also served in high level positions in Congress and the White House.
Mr. Mehlman graduated with a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a Trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York, Franklin & Marshall College, Teach for America, and Sponsors of Educational Opportunity (SEO). Mr. Mehlman is also co-chairman of the American Enterprise Institute’s National Council and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.