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KKR taps Japan chief Hirano to lead Asian operations

Firm's CEO for Southeast Asia also named co-head of private equity in region

KKR Japan chief Hirofumi Hirano speaks at the Reuters Japan Investment Summit in Tokyo in May 2014.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- U.S. investment firm KKR has named the CEO of its Japanese unit, Hirofumi Hirano, as co-head of private equity operations in Asia as part of efforts to add to the company's portfolio in the region.

The 58-year-old Hirano fills one of the new KKR positions that focus on investment in Asian corporations, while keeping his job as chief of the Japan unit.

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