Jean Eric Salata is the Chief Executive and Founding Partner of Baring Private Equity Asia (or “BPEA”), Chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the Portfolio Management and Exit & Liquidity Committees. Mr. Salata oversees all investment and divestment decisions made at the Firm, as well as its strategic direction. Mr. Salata has been responsible for the investment activity of the Firm since 1997 when he started the regional Asian private equity investment program for UK-based Baring Private Equity Partners Ltd. Mr. Salata later led the management buyout of this program in 2000 to establish BPEA as an independent firm. Before that, Mr. Salata was a Director of Hong Kong based AIG Global Investment Corporation (Asia) Ltd., the Asian private equity investment arm of AIG. Before that, he was the Executive Vice President of Finance of Shiu Wing Steel, a Hong Kong based industrial concern, and prior to that a management consultant with Bain & Company based in Hong Kong, Sydney and Boston. Mr. Salata has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1989, and graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton school of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Finance and Economics. Mr. Salata was born in Chile and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Baring Private Equity Asia is one of the most experienced, best-resourced and strongest performing private investment firms in Asia. The Firm has a 20-year track record and advises over $16 billion of committed capital1.
The Firm runs a pan-Asian private equity investment program focusing primarily on mid- and large-cap buyouts and corporate partnering transactions across the Asia Pacific region, as well as a pan-Asian real estate investment program and a private credit fund. The Firm also invests in the US and Europe in companies seeking to expand to Asia. Notable investments include Nord Anglia, the world’s largest premium international school operator, St. Georges University, the world’s largest private medical college, HCP, a leading prestige packaging company for cosmetic products, and Hexaware Technologies, a leading Indian IT services company. BPEA has been investing in Asia since its formation in 1997 and has over 160 employees located across offices in Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia Japan and Singapore. BPEA currently has over 30 portfolio companies active across Asia with a total of 158,000 employees and sales of approximately USD30 billion (as of June 30, 2018). The Firm has received numerous awards for its outstanding performance, including 2015 “Large Cap Firm of the Year in Asia” by Private Equity International. Asian Venture Capital Journal selected Baring Asia as the 2015 winner for “Fundraising of the Year – Large Cap” and Jean Salata as “PE Professional of the Year.”
1 Cumulative capital advised by BPEA across all funds including co-investments.