John Garcia

Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer

John is the Executive Chairman of AEA. He joined AEA in 1999 as a Partner and Head of AEA’s then newly-formed European operations based in London. In 2002, he became President of AEA while continuing to head European operations and lead AEA’s global Value-Added Industrial Products and Specialty Chemicals teams. In 2006, John also became CEO of AEA, during which time he was responsible for all operational aspects of AEA including fundraising, investment review process, growth and strategy and operations. John was also named Chairman of AEA in 2012 and in 2019, in connection with relinquishing the title of CEO, he became the Executive Chairman. As Executive Chairman, he remains responsible for AEA’s investment review process.

Since 1999, under his leadership, AEA has made 75 private equity investments totaling over $9 billion of invested capital. He was also instrumental in the creation of the AEA Private Debt Funds in 2005 and the AEA Small Business Funds in 2004. John has served on the board of numerous AEA portfolio companies in addition to various other companies. John serves as the chairman or member of the investment committee for all the various AEA private equity and private debt funds. He has a long history of working together with family-owned and entrepreneur-led businesses and investors to help them maximize their potential and meet their long-term needs.

Michele Giddens

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Michele is the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Bridges Fund Management. Michele has almost 30 years of experience in international development and responsible finance and has extensive experience of impact-driven investing. Under her leadership, Bridges has raised over £1.0 billion since inception and led over 150 transactions; it now employs 40 investment and impact management professionals focused exclusively on impact-driven investment.

Michele currently sits as a Non-Executive Director on the board of CDC, the UK Government’s Development Finance Institution. Her prior experience includes chairing the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, part of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, from 2016 to 2018, and sitting on the Council of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA). She was previously an adviser to the U.K. Treasury’s Social Investment Task Force, chaired a Global Working Group on Impact Investing Policy and chaired the Community Development Finance Association. She was awarded an OBE for her services to international development and social finance in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honors list.

Ramzi Gedeon

Chief Financial Officer

Ramzi is a Partner of AEA and has over 20 years of private equity investment experience. He focuses on AEA’s investments in Europe. Prior to joining AEA in 2018, Ramzi was a Partner at TPG Capital in London, where he completed investments in various sectors including retail and consumer, industrials, building materials and technology and telecom. He has served on numerous boards and has closed transactions in several markets including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Turkey, the Middle East and Australia.

Brian Trelstad


Brian has nearly 20 years of impact investing experience, and is currently a Partner at Bridges in the U.S. Sustainable Growth Fund, and a director of the Bridges Impact Foundation in the United States. He also teaches social entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. Brian was the first impact investor to go through the Kauffman Fellows Program of the Center for Venture Education, and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

John Replogle


John Replogle is a Founding Partner of One Better Ventures and the former CEO of Seventh Generation Inc., a U.S.-based consumer product company focused in eco-friendly cleaning, paper, and personal care products.

Before joining Seventh Generation as CEO and President on 2011, John was CEO of Burt's Bees, a personal care products company, and previously served as general manager for Unilever's North American skin care division. He has held several positions at Guinness Brewery including President in the U.K. and in the U.S., and head of strategy for Guinness Americas and the Caribbean. John began his career as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He also holds directorships in different companies including Cree Inc., Seventh Generation Inc., and Sealy Corp.

John earned an MBA in from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with distinction, and a B.A. in Government and History from Dartmouth College.

George Serafeim


George Serafeim is the Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration and the Chair of the Impact-Weighted Accounts Project at Harvard Business School. He has presented his research in over 60 countries around the world and ranks among the top 10 most popular authors out of over 12,000 business scholars on the Social Science Research Network. Professor Serafeim’s research focuses on measuring, driving and communicating corporate performance and social impact. His work is widely cited and has been published in the most prestigious academic and practitioner journals. He has been recognized by Barron's as “one of the most influential people in ESG investing.” Professor Serafeim has held several positions of leadership. He is the co-founder of the consulting firm KKS Advisors and the technology firm Richmond Global Sciences. He serves on the steering committee of the Athens Stock Exchange and as the Chairman of Greece’s Corporate Governance Council. He has served on several not-for-profit organizations including the board of directors of the High Meadows Institute and the Standards Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.