KKR brings Japan team to 12 with new director hires


Sakae Suzuki KKRUS buyout giant KKR has raided Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Company to hire two new directors for its Japanese private equity operations.

Hiro Shimizu and Sakae Suzuki, pictured, bring the size of KKR’s Tokyo-based Japan team to 12 under the stewardship of managing director and Japan CEO Shusaku Minoda.

Shimizu spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs in positions including head of credit and alternative sales in its fixed income, currencies and commodities division.

He was also head of distribution for Japan within the firm’s special situations group, and was head of the financial institutions group within the company’s financing group when KKR came calling.

Suzuki began his career at McKinsey before moving on to become senior manager for business planning and online sales at Gateway Japan.

He also worked as Japan president at Global Freight Exchange before rejoining McKinsey, where he was most recently a principal specialising in telecom, media and technology.

Minoda said, “We are pleased to welcome world-class talent like Hiro and Sakae to the KKR Japan team.

“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.

KKR recently missed out on a deal for struggling Japanese computer chip maker Renesas after the company gained a JPY150bn ($1.8bn) government-led bailout.

The firm withdrew a tabled offer in mid-October 2012 amid interest from government fund the Innovation Network Corp of Japan, which was backed in the deal by corporates including Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic.

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