In brief: KKR’s new corporate citizenship head will help portfolio companies

KKR has appointed Ford alum Pamela Alexander as head of corporate citizenship, replacing Ali Hartman, who became VC firm Tiger’s head of impact ventures last year.

KKR has appointed Pamela Alexander as head of corporate citizenship to oversee the firm’s corporate citizenship and strategic philanthropy programmes and support the philanthropy efforts of its portfolio companies.

Alexander joins from Ford Motor Company, where she was director of community development for Ford Fund, the company’s philanthropy outfit. She reports to Ken Mehlman, global head of public affairs and head of KKR’s impact fund.

KKR established its citizenship platform in 2016 under the leadership of Ali Hartman, who was simultaneously a director of the firm’s ESG strategy from 2016. Hartman left KKR in June 2021 to join venture capital firm Tiger Global Management as head of impact ventures and responsible investment. She was in KKR’s ESG strategy and stakeholder engagement department from 2011.

KKR is not the first private equity giant to establish a corporate citizenship platform – Blackstone created its charitable foundation in 2007 and the Carlyle Group’s corporate citizenship platform dates back to 2010, in just two examples.