KKR hires former IDEX CEO as part of U.S. dealmaking push

NEW YORK, June 21 (Reuters) - KKR & CO Inc (KKR.N) said on Tuesday it has hired former IDEX Corp (IEX.N) chief executive Andrew Silvernail as an advisor to help buy and operate companies in the industrials, health care, and consumer products sectors.

Silvernail, who served as IDEX CEO from 2011 until his retirement in 2020, is expected to become chairman of the companies KKR eventually acquires, KKR's head of industrials Joshua Weisenbeck said in an interview.

Silvernail will also be tasked with implementing KKR's flagship employee stock ownership program after taking charge of the companies, Weisenbeck added.

"We're in a late-cycle environment. We see this as an opportunity to acquire differentiated businesses," he said.

Following his departure from IDEX, Silvernail spent a year as chief executive of Madison Industries, a privately-held industrial conglomerate based in Chicago. He was previously an executive at industrial firms Danaher Coporation (DHR.N) and Rexnord Industries as well as consumer goods giant Newell Brands Inc (NWL.O).

KKR's industrials unit is part of the firm's Americas private equity platform, which has more than $90 billion in assets under management.

Reporting by Chibuike Oguh in New York

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