Kristen M. Ankerbrandt is a Principal with Carlyle U.S. Buyout, focusing on investments in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (“TMT”) sectors. With nearly 20 years of experience in the TMT and Business Services sectors globally, she has developed deep industry expertise in software and tech-enabled services; communications; information services; media and education. She is based in Menlo Park.
Ms. Ankerbrandt oversees Carlyle’s investment in mobile software and network company Syniverse Technologies, where she serves as a member of the Board of Directors. She led the acquisitions of Luxemburg-based MACH, a provider of cloud-based communications services to mobile operators and enterprises in Europe, and Aicent, a China-based IPX provider of data network services and solutions to mobile operators and enterprises in Asia. Ms. Ankerbrandt also manages a growth equity investment in Vibes, a leading U.S. mobile engagement and marketing platform. She worked on Carlyle's investments in AMC Theatres, one of the largest film exhibitors in the U.S., and Willcom, a leading wireless operator based in Japan.
Prior to joining Carlyle in 2007, Ms. Ankerbrandt worked at Amazon in Business Development evaluating potential acquisition opportunities. Prior to business school, she joined private equity firm Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. (“BRS”) where she worked closely with founders and management teams to professionalize and scale companies in the business services and consumer sectors. While at BRS, Ms. Ankerbrandt worked on the firm’s investments in Heritage Crystal Clean, MWI Veterinary Supply, McCormick & Schmick’s, Real Mex Restaurants and Wilson Farms. Prior to that, she worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs focused on TMT transactions.
Ms. Ankerbrandt received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in economics from Columbia University.