KKR at CHI Overhead Doors (A & B) - CLEO Skip to main content


This case examines the decision by private equity firm KKR to grant equity to every employee at portfolio company CHI Overhead Doors upon purchasing the company in 2015. The case explores whether this initiative will create shared value, growing profits through better incentive alignment while creating wealth for low-wage manufacturing workers. While CHI witnessed some initial gains in safety and productivity, executives and KKR struggled with how to instill in employees a sense of ownership that would unlock greater value. The (B) case discusses the strategies implemented to overcome employee skepticism.