Ex Petroplus CEO van Poecke joins Carlyle’s energy investment team


SONY DSCBuyout major The Carlyle Group has reportedly hired ex chief executive of former portfolio company Petroplus Marcel van Poecke to focus on energy investments in Africa and Europe.

Van Poecke, who ran Swiss oil refiner Petroplus during Carlyle’s ownership in 2005 to 2007, will start his new job later this month. He resigned from the business in 2007, fives years before it went bust.

He will be joining five other executives on the energy investment team ahead of the firm’s expected $1.5bn fundraise for an energy-focused vehicle, said the FT.

Carlyle chairman Daniel D’Aniello said, “Marcel and his team expand and complement our broad-based energy investment offering.

“We have created an energy platform that can invest in energy assets located anywhere in the world.”

Last month Carlyle expanded its management committee by hiring Michael Arpey, managing director and head of fund investor relations; David Marchick, managing director and head of global external affairs; and Mitch Petrick, managing director and head of global market strategies.

Earlier in 2013 it named Morgan Stanley executive Jacques Chappuis its managing director and head of its solutions business.

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