Mark J. Johnson is a Managing Director in the U.S. buyout fund. As a senior member of Carlyle’s telecommunications and media practice, Mr. Johnson is responsible for sourcing, executing and managing leveraged buyouts and growth equity investments in the communications and business services sectors globally. Mr. Johnson is based in Washington, DC. He has over 16 years of experience in the financial services industry during which he has been involved in the investment of over $2.8bn of equity in leveraged buyout, growth equity and venture capital transactions. Much of his career has been spent in the communications and services sectors where he has been actively involved in transactions in radio and television broadcasting, newspaper and magazine publishing, wireless services and infrastructure, and government and business services. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Johnson was a member of the private equity team at the Blackstone Group where he executed equity investments in an array of industries including investments in the Columbia House Company, TRW Automotive and Freedom Communications. He has also worked at Level (3) Communications, J.H. Whitney & Co. and Merrill Lynch & Co. Mr. Johnson served as a member of the Obama ’08 Telecommunications, Media and Technology Policy Group and both the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform (TIGR) and CFTC Agency Review transition teams. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Princeton University and received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He has held seats on the boards of TRW Automotive Holdings, Insight Communications and the Investment Committee of the Governing Board of St. Albans School.