John Saer is a Managing Director of GI Partners and leads the Real Estate team. Mr. Saer joined GI Partners in November 2010, in conjunction with GI Partners’ creation of its first separate real estate joint venture with an institutional investor. Prior to joining GI Partners, Mr. Saer was a partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR), which he joined in 2001. While at KKR, Mr. Saer served as head of both the industrial and the real estate investing industry groups, and was also a member of the Portfolio Management Committee. Mr. Saer was actively involved in a number of KKR investments, including Biomet, Aveos, Borden Chemical, KSL Recreation, KSL Holdings, and SunGard Data Systems. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Saer served as Chief Financial Officer of KSL Recreation Corporation, a KKR portfolio company that owned and operated large scale destination resorts, which he joined in 1993 as Vice President of Business Development and Acquisitions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Saer had extensive experience in real estate management turnarounds, loan restructurings, and portfolio workouts, principally advising financial institutions and governmental regulatory agencies.


  • M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College; Cum Laude, Rufus Choate Scholar