Hiro Yoshihara Joins Permira

Hiro Yoshihara, former international vice chairman of KPMG, has joined Permira as a senior advisor. He will focus on Japanese opportunities in the tech, media and telecom sectors.



Permira, a leading international private equity firm, today announced the appointment of Hiroaki (Hiro) Yoshihara, the former International Vice Chairman of KPMG, as a Senior Adviser to the Firm. Mr. Yoshihara will advise Permira on opportunities in the technology, media and telecom (TMT) sectors, particularly those involving Japanese companies.


Mr. Yoshihara spent his career from 1978 until his retirement in 2007 at KPMG, where he was most recently International Vice Chairman and Global Managing Partner, responsible for the development and execution of the firm’s global market and industry strategy as well as oversight of KPMG’s top 250 global accounts.


Tomoya Shiraishi, President of Permira’s Tokyo Office, said: “Hiro is an outstanding executive with a well-known reputation for being a trusted adviser to numerous global companies. The experience he brings from his distinguished career at KPMG will be invaluable to Permira and I look forward to working closely with him to leverage his extensive network of senior management contacts and identify new investment opportunities in Japan.”

Tom Lister, Co-Managing Partner of Permira, commented: “Hiro’s insights and guidance will be instrumental to the firm’s continuing growth in Japan, and his deep knowledge of one of our core sectors – TMT – will be a tremendous benefit as we explore technology investment opportunities in Asia. In addition, Hiro’s extensive contacts within Japanese companies as well as his thorough understanding of the strategies and cultures within which those companies operate will add significant value to our franchise.”

Mr. Yoshihara added: “Permira is a world-class organization with significant potential to further expand its presence in the Pacific Rim. I am thrilled to be joining the firm at a time when the technology industry is going through tremendous transformation, and I am very excited about helping the firm fully maximize its potential in this industry sector.”


During his career, he built a distinguished track record of providing strategic advisory services to numerous well-respected global leading companies. While at KMPG, Mr. Yoshihara held numerous top positions at the company including serving as the Chairman of the Global

Electronics Industry Sector, the Chairman of the Global Japanese Practice Sector, the National Managing Partner of the Pacific Rim Practice, and the Chairman and CEO, KPMG Global Solutions Co. Ltd. and KPMG Business Advisory LLC. Mr. Yoshihara was also a member of

KPMG LLP’s Board of Directors where he served on the Board’s Governance, Compensation and Nomination Committees. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Murata Manufacturing, a leading electronic components manufacturer in Japan as well Senior Adviser to KPMG Japan. Mr. Yoshihara is also a Chaired Professor at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy and was Distinguished Visiting Practitioner at Stanford University. Mr. Yoshihara holds CPA licenses both in Japan and U.S., and received a B.S. degree in Economics from Osaka University in Japan.


About Permira

Permira is an international private equity firm. Our funds, raised from pension funds and other institutions, make long-term investments in companies with the ambition of transforming their performance and driving sustainable growth.


The firm’s teams are based in Frankfurt, Guernsey, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, New York, Paris, Stockholm and Tokyo, advising funds with a total committed capital of approximately EUR22 billion (US$30 billion). Since 1985, the Permira Funds have completed over 190 private equity transactions.


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