Ara Partners, a private equity firm focused on industrials decarbonization investments, has hired both Ari David and Manasi Desai as vice presidents.

David joins Ara from AUA Private Equity where he was a vice president responsible for origination, structuring, due diligence, execution and monitoring of investments in the consumer and food sectors. Prior to AUA, he was with J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

Desai joins Ara from KKR where she was a principal focused on the energy sector. Prior to joining KKR, she was with Intervale Capital and the energy investment banking group at Raymond James.

“It’s a great pleasure to welcome Ari to Ara,” comments Tuan Tran, a partner at Ara. “Ari brings a wealth of private equity experience, including a significant focus on food and agricultural processing and supply chain, an area which is a key target sector for Ara.”

“We are thrilled to bring Manasi on board to Ara’s growing investment team,” says Troy Thacker, a managing partner at Ara. “Manasi brings highly relevant experience executing and managing industrial investments, as well as history of working with several key members of Ara’s investment team.”