Sandra Horbach

Sandra Horbach is a Partner and the Chair of Americas Corporate Private Equity at Carlyle, based in New York. In this role, she serves on the investment committees of Carlyle’s US Corporate Private Equity (CPE) funds, supports the management of new and existing investments, provides valuable advice and insights to the CPE teams, and helps drive several of the firm's strategic growth initiatives including expanding Carlyle’s Private Equity products in the Wealth channel and the integration of Artificial Intelligence and data analytics into investment strategies.

Previously, she was Co-Head of Americas Corporate Private Equity, overseeing more than $70B in assets under management. Since joining Carlyle in 2005, she had led major investments across various industries. Ms. Horbach is a founding member of Carlyle’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and has been a leader in championing diversity in the private equity industry.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Horbach spent 18 years at the private equity firm Forstmann Little. In 1992, she became the first woman to be named a partner at a major private equity firm. Prior to Forstmann Little, Ms. Horbach spent two years at Morgan Stanley in the M&A department. She earned her MBA from Stanford University and her BA in Chinese Studies from Wellesley College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. She studied at Fudan University in Shanghai in 1980 and at the National University of Taipei in 1983.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Horbach has served on many corporate and non-profit boards. She currently serves as a director on the Board at Hexaware, and as a Trustee at Rockefeller University and Wellesley College. Ms. Horbach was a member of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Advisory Council for 15 years, including serving as Chair for four years. Ms. Horbach has been recognized in the Barron’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Finance list since its inception and the Yahoo! Finance HERoes Top 100 Women Executives List in 2020 and 2021.