Carlyle in key European hire

US private equity firm Carlyle Group has hired Alexander Pietruska as the European head of its financial services group as it looks to grow its activities in the region.

Pietruska will be based in London and begin his role as managing director and European head of Global Financial Services Partners in early April, the company said.

He joins from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was director of group strategy and corporate development, and will report to Olivier Sarkozy, head of the global financial services team.

“We expect Alexander’s wealth of experience will enable us to expand the GFSP platform in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region,” Sarkozy said in a statement.

The global financial services group has put money into BankUnited, Boston Private, Bank of Butterfield and OzForex.