Rene Kern joined Brighton Park Capital as a Senior Advisor in March of 2022. Rene is an experienced growth equity investor and director, partnering with entrepreneurs and senior management teams in scaling their businesses in the US and internationally. He spent 25 years at General Atlantic, a global growth equity investment firm, where he served as partner and managing director until 2018 and as advisory director until 2021. He was a member of GA’s Executive, Investment, Portfolio and Capital Partnering Committee. During his tenure, he built and led the firm’s investment activities in Europe and Latin America. He also headed GA’s Financial Services sector and Resources Group. Rene served as director of both publicly traded and private companies during that time, in the US, Europe, and Brazil, active in the enterprise software, healthcare, financial services, and consumer sectors. He joined General Atlantic after six years with Morgan Stanley in New York and London, and two years with Bain & Company in Boston.
Rene earned M.B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Vice-Chairman of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation Board. He is also a member of the Weill Cornell Medicine Dean’s Council and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rene grew up in Germany and France and has dual U.S.-German citizenship. He and his wife, Marie-France, live in Greenwich, Connecticut, and have three adult children.