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Hirofumi Hirano
Chief Executive Officer – Japan at KKR Japan Limited


Hirofumi Hirano (Tokyo) joined KKR in 2013 and is a Member and Chief Executive Officer of KKR Japan. He serves on the Asian Private Equity Investment Committee and the Asia Portfolio Management Committee. At KKR, he has been involved with investments including Panasonic Healthcare, Pioneer DJ, Calsonic Kansei, Hitachi Koki and Hitachi Kokusai Electric. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Hirano worked at AlixPartners as Japan representative and head of financial service in Asia. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Hirano led the principal investment arm of Nikko Cordial Group (now known as SMBC Nikko Securities) and became Chairman of Nikko Principal Investments. Mr. Hirano played a significant role in investments such as Tower Records Japan, Nikko Asset Management, Bell System 24, Seibu Railways and Styling Life Holdings (Sony’s retail business group) where he served as board member for these companies. Mr. Hirano graduated from Keio University and holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Agenda Sessions

  • Views on Japan: 2019, 2020 and beyond