Jean Eric Salata is the Chief Executive and Founding Partner of Baring Private Equity Asia, Chairman of the Investment and Portfolio Management Committees. Mr. Salata oversees all investment and divestment decisions made at the Firm, as well as its strategic direction. Mr. Salata has been responsible for the investment activity of the Firm since 1997 when he started the regional Asian private equity investment program for UK-based Baring Private Equity Partners Ltd. Mr. Salata later led the management buyout of this program in 2000 to establish Baring Asia as an independent Firm. Before that, Mr. Salata was a Director of Hong Kong based AIG Global Investment Corporation (Asia) Ltd., the Asian private equity investment arm of AIG. Before that, he was the Executive Vice President of Finance of Shiu Wing Steel, a Hong Kong based industrial concern, and prior to that a management consultant with Bain & Company based in Hong Kong, Sydney and Boston. Mr. Salata has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1989, and graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Finance and Economics. Mr. Salata was the recipient of Private Equity International’s 2010 PE Asia Leadership Award, Asian Venture Capital Journal’s 2009 Private Equity Professional of the Year award and is a member of the board of directors of the EMPEA. Baring Private Equity was awarded the 2013 Asian Mid Market Firm of Year Award by Private Equity International and 2011/2012 Private Equity House of the year by Asia Investor.