Darien Group is a communications and branding agency based in California.

We've custom-built our practice for private equity firms, hedge funds, real estate investment firms, venture capitalists, and wealth and asset managers. Our leadership comes from within the investment management world, so we're able to bring an expert understanding to the projects and campaigns that we execute.

We employ handpicked creative talent to help realize clients' ambitions for their brands and communications programs. Every engagement is tailored to leverage a client firm's existing brand assets and internal resources and capacity. We are structured to handle scopes of work from tactical design and copyediting to fundraising support to full-scale rebrands and all points in between.


Dedicated communications professionals (and a dog named panda)


Year of founding


Client firms worldwide


Projects successfully completed

Darien Group is led by its Managing Partner, Charlie Ittner, a veteran of the private equity and real estate investment management industries.

Charlie Ittner
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Charlie Ittner founded the practice in late 2014 in response to a lack of branding and communications service providers suitable for fund manager clients. He has built the firm to date with invaluable assistance from senior advisors from the creative services and finance industries.

Prior to founding Darien Group, Charlie Ittner worked as a Director at Platinum Equity for over eight years, serving as a chief lieutenant to the C-suite and co-managing the firm’s internal and external communications programs. He has consulted for U.S. and international private equity and real estate investment firms to advance their marketing functions. Charlie Ittner holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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