Permira, the global investment firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryotaro (Ryo) Fujii as Managing Director and Head of Japan and Yoichiro Furuse as Chairman of Japan. Mr Fujii and Mr Furuse and will bring more than 50 years of combined experience in private equity and capital markets in Japan and will be responsible for running Permira’s long-standing Japan office in Tokyo and for further developing the firm’s activities in the country.
Prior to joining Permira in 2015 as Head of Japan, Mr Fujii was at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., where he took a leadership role in the private equity team in Asia and was involved in a number of investments including Intelligence Holdings and Panasonic Healthcare. Previously, Mr Fujii was at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and Tokyo working on financial advisory and principal investment activities for various Japanese companies. Prior to that, he served as the Japanese government official at the Ministry of Finance. Mr Fujii received a Bachelor in Law from the University of Tokyo, and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Prior to joining Permira in 2007 as Senior Adviser, Mr Furuse held a number of management positions in leading Japanese companies, including Executive Vice President and CFO at Sanyo Electric and Senior Managing Director at Mazda Motor. Prior to that, Mr Furuse spent 32 years at Sumitomo Bank and served as Member of the Board, Senior Executive Director. Currently Mr Furuse serves as Chairman of the Board at Akindo Sushiro, as Non-Executive Director at Nitto Denko and Global Logistic Properties Limited (Singapore), as Senior Adviser at Lincoln International, and as President of Genki Nougyou Kaihatsu Kiko, an incorporated non-profit organization. Mr Furuse received a Bachelor in Law from Osaka University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
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