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Overview of the Program

The KKR Vets @ Work program highlights the extensive range of talents and leadership abilities veterans can bring to private sector employers. The program formalizes and strengthens KKR’s efforts to promote veteran-focused career development and support retention practices at our U.S.-based private equity portfolio companies. Since 2011, KKR’s participating Vets @ Work companies have hired more than 77,600 veterans and military spouses.

Since the launch of the Vets @ Work program in 2011, KKR has deepened our relationships with participants by developing a series of tools and resources for our participating portfolio companies, including expert third-party advisors, and opportunities for our portfolio companies to share best practices with each other through facilitated semiannual group discussions and webinars.

Learn more about our program and related events via KKR Blog posts authored by members of the KKR Vets @ Work team as shown below.

Celebrating Veterans at KKR

KKR is proud of the U.S. veterans working at the Firm and at KKR Capstone[1] today. They include individuals who served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Air Force. Many of these employees are also involved with the KKR Vets @ Work program.


James Connolly

James Connolly

Managing Director, Capital Markets
Branch: US Navy
Highest Rank Achieved: Lieutenant
Service: 1986-1994
Military Experience: Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Mission Commander; Squadrons: VP-6, VPU-2
KKR Team: KKR Capital Markets
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Scott A. Cullerton

Scott A. Cullerton

Managing Director, KKR Credit
Branch: US Navy, Surface Warfare Officer / Special Boat Unit
Highest Rank Achieved: Lieutenant
Service: 1998-2002
Military Experience: Scott was twice deployed to the Persian Gulf where he conducted Maritime Interdiction Operations from the USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) in support of the United Nations' Oil-for-Food Program with Iraq and conducted Special Boat Unit operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
KKR Team: KKR Credit
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Tyler Evans

Tyler Evans

Infrastructure Administrator
Branch: United States Marine Corps
Highest Rank Achieved: Corporal
Service: 2008-2012
Military Experience: Cyber Network Operator – 2nd Bn 3rd Marines, Stationed in Hawaii, Deployed to Afghanistan 2010-2011
KKR Team: Cybersecurity
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Lee French

Lee French

Senior End User Computing Specialist, Information Technology
Branch: Army
Highest Rank Achieved: Staff Sergeant
Service: 2001 – 2009
Military Experience: 88N - Transportation Management Coordinator. Spent a year in Kuwait helping to move military trucks, tanks, Humvees and helicopters into and out of the theater in Iraq.
KKR Team: Information Technology
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Jake Heller

Jake Heller

Director, TMT Growth
Branch: United States Navy
Highest Rank Achieved: Lieutenant (O3)
Service: 1999 - 2007
Military Experience: Commander of High Speed Boat Detachment at Special Boat Team 12. Decorated Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
KKR Team: TMT Growth
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Benjamin Ouwinga

Benjamin Ouwinga

Vice President, Office Operations
Branch: USMC – 6 years / USN – 17 years
Highest Rank Achieved: Navy LT (0-3)
Service: 1995 - 2018
Military Experience: 23 years of service in the Marine Corps (Infantry) and US Navy (Intelligence). Combat deployments to Iraq and other overseas locations.
KKR Team: Office Operations
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Jean Park

Jean K. Park

Principal, KKR Capstone
Branch: U.S. Army, Signal Corps
Highest Rank Achieved: Captain
Service: 2002-2006
Military Experience: Jean served as a Communications Officer in various leadership roles and deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom I & III.
KKR Team: KKR Capstone
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David H. Petraeus

David H. Petraeus

Member, Chairman of the KKR Global Institute
Branch: US Army
Highest Rank Achieved: General
Service: 1974-2011
Military Experience: During his military career, General Petraeus served in Cold War Europe, the United States, Central America, Haiti, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In the decade that followed the 9/11 attacks, he was deployed for some 6-1/2 years, culminating his career with six straight commands, five of which were in combat.
KKR Team: KKR Global Institute
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Paul E. Raether

Paul E. Raether

Member
Branch: US Navy
Highest Rank Achieved: Lieutenant (junior grade)
Service: 1968-1971
Military Experience: Paul was a Deck Officer on various ships and served in the combat zone in the Vietnam War.
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Michaelangelo Robles

Michaelangelo Robles

Senior End User Computing Specialist, Information Technology
Branch: Marine Corps.
Highest Rank Achieved: Corporal
Service: 1988-1992
Military Experience: Mike served as a Field Wireman in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, providing Joint Services Communications Support in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
KKR Team: Information Technology
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Steve Schepps

Steve Schepps

Director, KKR Capstone
Branch: US Air Force
Highest Rank Achieved: Captain
Service: 1987-1996
Military Experience: Steve was a C-141 Aircraft Commander, a T-1 Instructor Pilot, and an Airlift Control Squadron Operations Officer. During his time of service he flew missions in support of combat operations during both Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm.
KKR Team: KKR Capstone
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Grant Thomas

Grant Thomas

Principal, KKR Credit
Branch: US Air Force
Highest Rank Achieved: Captain
Service: 2007 - 2013
Military Experience: Contracting Officer responsible for sourcing, negotiating, and managing contracts with DoD suppliers. Deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in 2011 and was the head of construction contracts for Regional Command Southwest. His final assignment was at the Space and Missile Systems Center where he worked on satellite acquisition programs.
KKR Team: Leveraged Credit
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[1] KKR Capstone is not an affiliate or subsidiary of KKR. Please see http://www.kkr.com/our-firm/kkr-capstone for additional disclosure regarding KKR Capstone.