By KKR May 25, 2018

Earlier this week Financial News in London released their list of rising stars in private equity representing ‘stand outs’ under the age of 40 in the European private equity industry, including KKR’s own Franziska Kayser. The final group of 25 men and women was selected from more than 100 eligible candidates based in Europe. We congratulate Franziska for being included in this list of accomplished individuals.

Franziska was described by Financial News as: “One of this year’s youngest Rising Stars, Kayser joined KKR in 2011 from Credit Suisse, and became the firm’s youngest director when she was promoted last December. Focused on the media sector, she has been closely involved in sourcing and executing the €1.7bn deal to buy GfK, the German market research firm that KKR took private in March 2017. In April 2018, she joined GfK’s board taking over the seat previously held by Johannes Huth, head of KKR in EMEA, and working closely with new GfK chief executive Peter Feld. A keen triathlete, Kayser is also on the board of rail booking business Trainline and is involved in KKR’s investment in online advertiser Scout24 Switzerland. Philipp Freise, head of KKR’s TMT team in Europe, describes her as having ‘a unique combination of analytical and emotional intelligence’.”