Carlyle Group CEO Kewsong Lee has taken over from fellow Wall Street financier, hedge fund manager Eric Mindich, to become chairman of New York’s Lincoln Center Theater.
Mr. Mindich, also Harvard University graduate, currently runs his family office, Everblue Management LLC.
A Lincoln Center Theater board member since 2008, Mr. Lee will take over at a time when the New York theater will present productions such as Lerner & Loewe’s “Camelot” with the play’s book written by the screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin, and a new play “Epiphany.”
Mr. Lee, who until his current appointment was president of the Lincoln Center Theater and in 2018 chaired its gala benefit, is not the only top Carlyle executive to support the arts. David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and non-executive co-chairman of the board of the $325 billion Washington-based fund manager, is chairman of the board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
And Mr. Lee is not the only member of his family to support the arts. His wife, Zita Ezpeleta, also a Harvard alumnus, serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of the School of American Ballet.
When not working, Mr. Lee said his favorite pastime is playing the piano.
“Be a real person,” Mr. Lee said in a May 11 podcast with management consulting firm Russell Reynolds Associates. “Part of being successful in business and in your career is having a life beyond work.”