Aug 27 (Reuters) - Blackstone has hired Katsuyuki Kuki to be its chairman and representative director for Japan, the private equity firm said on Sunday.
Kuki previously served as chairman of banking at J.P. Morgan in Japan and spent nine years at the company.
“Katsuyuki Kuki brings a wealth of insight to Blackstone from his 30 years of experience as a senior leader in Japan’s financial services industry," said Blackstone's founder and chief executive, Stephen A. Schwarzman. "We look forward to his leadership and expertise in the country and greater Asia Pacific region, which is an increasingly important part of our business.”
Kuki began his career at the Japan Development Bank and at Shearson Lehman Hutton in New York. He also held senior leadership positions at UBS Securities and Lehman Brothers in Japan.
“I am excited to join Blackstone – a firm with such a strong reputation for excellence across the globe," Kuki said. "Alongside the talented existing team in Japan and senior leaders from across the firm, I look forward to continued growth and success in the country.” (Reporting by Dion Rabouin in New York; Editing by Peter Cooney)