KKR Strengthens Japan Team with Two New Directors
Hiro Shimizu joins KKR Capital Markets
Sakae Suzuki joins KKR Capstone
TOKYO & HONG KONG -- March 3, 2013
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (together with its affiliates, "KKR") today
announced the appointment of Hiro Shimizu and Sakae Suzuki as Directors for
KKR Japan. Mr. Shimizu joined KKR Capital Markets from Goldman Sachs Japan,
where he most recently served as Managing Director and Head of the Financial
Institutions Group within the Financing Group. Mr. Suzuki joins KKR Capstone
from McKinsey & Company, where he most recently served as a Principal with
particular expertise in telecom, media & technology, and operations.
In their new roles, Mr. Shimizu and Mr. Suzuki will work alongside KKR's team
in Tokyo led by Shusaku Minoda, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of
KKR Japan. This increases KKR Japan's team to 12 people based in Tokyo.
"The addition of directors for both KKR Capital Markets and KKR Capstone in
Tokyo evidences KKR's optimism for and commitment to the Japan market," said
Joseph Y. Bae, Managing Partner of KKR Asia. "Hiro and Sakae will increase
KKR's ability to bring value-add to Japanese companies as they increase their
"We are pleased to welcome world-class talent like Hiro and Sakae to the KKR
Japan team," said Shusaku Minoda. "Hiro will use his extensive experience to
expand the presence of KKR Capital Markets in Japan, while supporting and
expanding our large and growing base of Japanese investors. As a member of the
global KKR Capstone team, Sakae will apply his skills in operational
improvement across a wide range of industries to support the growth of KKR
investments in Japan and worldwide."
Mr. Shimizu spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs, where he held various positions
during his tenure, including Head of Credit and Alternative Sales within FICC
as well as Head of Distribution for Japan within the Special Situations Group.
He has extensive experience in marketing alternative products across a broad
spectrum of credit, equity and real estate products, which he marketed to
institutional clients. Mr. Shimizu holds a BA in Economics from Vassar
Mr. Suzuki began his career at McKinsey & Company, where he worked for three
years before moving to Gateway Japan, where he served as Senior Manager
Business Planning and Online Sales. He then joined Global Freight Exchange
(GF-X), where he held the titles of Senior Vice President of GF-X and
President of GF-X Japan. Following GF-X, he moved to ZS Associates, where he
served as Senior Manager, overseeing sales force effectiveness improvement at
medical diagnostic and medical device companies, before returning to McKinsey.
Mr. Suzuki holds a BA from Reed College, and a PhD from California Institute
of Technology in Physical Chemistry.
Founded in 1976 and led by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR is a leading
global investment firm with US$75.5 billion in assets under management as of
December 31, 2012. With offices around the world, KKR manages assets through a
variety of investment funds and accounts covering multiple asset classes. KKR
Japan, established in 2006, is an integral part of KKR's Asia Pacific team,
which consists of more than 90 executives in seven offices across the region.
KKR Japan's experienced team of executives has established itself as a key
player in Japan's evolving private equity marketplace. In 2010, KKR completed
an investment in a leading recruitment services firm Intelligence Ltd. from
Usen Corporation. In 2011, KKR and Itochu Corporation were co-investors in
Samson Investment Company, one of the largest private exploration and
production companies in the United States. Also that year, KKR, Google and
Recurrent Energy, a U.S. subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, formed a venture to
invest in solar projects in the US. KKR has pan-Asian pool of capital of more
than US$5 billion invested in 28 companies across the region. KKR's portfolio
is mixed by country, industry and sector and includes both minority and
control investments. KKR seeks to create value by bringing operational
expertise to its portfolio companies and through active oversight and
monitoring of its investments. KKR complements its investment expertise and
strengthens interactions with investors through its client relationships and
capital markets platform. KKR & Co. L.P. is publicly traded on the New York
Stock Exchange (NYSE: KKR), and "KKR," as used in this release, includes its
subsidiaries, their managed investment funds and accounts, and/or their
affiliated investment vehicles, as appropriate. For additional information on
KKR, please visit KKR's website at www.kkr.com.
KKR Capital Markets (KCM) has a platform of more than 30 investment
professionals globally across debt and equity capital markets. KCM supports
our firm, our portfolio companies and select third-party clients by providing
tailored capital markets advice and by developing and implementing both
traditional and non-traditional capital solutions for investments and
companies seeking financing. Our capital markets services include arranging
debt and equity financing for transactions, placing and underwriting
securities offerings, structuring new investment products and providing
capital markets services.
KKR Capstone is a team of more than 60 operating executives across North
America, Europe, and Asia who work exclusively with KKR portfolio companies to
drive operational improvements. KKR Capstone is dedicated to delivering
management expertise in functional areas such as pricing, organizational
design, sales force effectiveness, and operational efficiency. This
integrated, global team is one of the most experienced in the private equity
industry. KKR Capstone is a consulting firm owned and controlled by their
senior management and is not a subsidiary of KKR.
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