CHICAGO – Nov. 22, 2022 —Cresset Partners announced today that it has hired Shari Young Lewis as Managing Director, Private Funds Group. She will focus on private equity funds and co-investments across buyout, platform buy-and-build, and other control-oriented strategies.
Lewis brings more than 20 years of experience building private equity investment programs for institutional investors. Most recently she was a partner in the private equity practice at Aon Investments, where she focused on buyout, growth equity, venture capital, private credit, and infrastructure investments. She also managed and advised institutional investors on launching and scaling private market investment programs. Prior to joining Aon, Lewis had extensive principal investing and investment banking experience.
“I am honored to be joining such a talented and experienced team. Cresset Partners has quickly become a leader in the private funds space, and I look forward to contributing to that growth,” Lewis said.
Lewis resides in Chicago and is an Advisory Council Member of the Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund. She is also on the Midwest Steering Committee for the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity, is an active member of the Private Equity Women’s Investor Network, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Little Giraffe Foundation.
In June of 2022, Cresset Partners named Kevin O’Donnell Executive Managing Director of its Private Funds Group, encompassing private equity, private credit, and venture capital. O’Donnell leads Cresset’s platform for global private investing in external funds, co-investments and related opportunities, in partnership with leading third-party private asset managers.
“We are thrilled to welcome Shari to the Cresset Partners team. She embodies our commitment to bring investors exclusive, fee-efficient private market opportunities typically reserved for the largest institutions,” O’Donnell said.