Hayley currently works as an investment associate in the Technology and Services team at a New York based private equity firm, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (“CD&R”). Private equity investing excites her, especially thorough analyses of every aspect of business and making long-term impacts by better managing the portfolio company as the new owner. Most recently, Hayley participated in a transaction in which CD&R bought a Tax and Immigration business unit from the global accounting firm, PwC. She has been closely involved in standing up the standalone functional areas, which has been a unique experience building up a business from scratch. Also, its immigration platform resonated a lot with her, given her personal closeness to the matter. As the only foreigner / non-US citizen on the team, she was glad to provide a unique perspective in developing a go-forward strategy for the platform. As an Asian female investor who is often called a “double minority” in a white male dominated field, Hayley truly believes in the power of diversity. This has prompted her to engage in varying efforts through a leadership role in Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee at CD&R to make a firm-wide impact. It has been a great journey in seeing tangible changes being made in firm-wide operations including recruiting, benefits programs, and portfolio board membership.
Before joining CD&R, Hayley worked in the Investment Banking division at the JP Morgan New York office. During her time there, she was able to meet exceptional leaders and colleagues, whom she still keeps in close touch. Similarly, the best outcome from graduating from Wharton School was the relationships she built with classmates, alumni, professors, and faculty. As a professional, Hayley has continued to carve out time to lead initiatives in various organizations that promote connections amongst Korean Americans, female professionals, and minorities. She is a huge proponent of giving back to the community and making real-life impacts through her expertise. With that, she hopes to contribute more to the Korean American community through CKA by working on the broader agenda of promoting the political and social stance of Korean Americans.