Carlyle Names Masahiko Fukasawa as Head of Global Portfolio Solutions Japan

Tokyo, Japan – Global investment firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) today announced that Masahiko Fukasawa has joined the firm as Head of Global Portfolio Solutions Japan, effective immediately.

In this newly created role, Mr. Fukasawa will strengthen Carlyle’s existing portfolio operational value creation efforts in Japan, leveraging the full range of global resources and capabilities for the benefit of portfolio companies in the region.

Global Portfolio Solutions (GPS) is a global team of functional experts across revenue/pricing, cost/cash, digital, talent, procurement, IT and other disciplines that provides insight and support to Carlyle’s investment process and portfolio value creation efforts. Working with investment advisory teams, the firm’s network of advisors, as well as an ecosystem of partners, GPS’s goal is to increase the speed and scale of performance improvement and transformational change.

As Head of Global Portfolio Solutions Japan, Mr. Fukasawa will work closely with the Carlyle Japan Co-Heads, Kazuhiro Yamada and Takaomi Tomioka, as well as Richard Elder, Global Head of GPS based in Washington D.C., U.S.

Kazuhiro Yamada and Takaomi Tomioka, Co-Heads of the Carlyle Japan advisory team, said: “We are delighted to welcome Masa as we continue to build the team. His deep expertise in business transformation and performance optimization will bolster our capabilities of creating value in Japanese companies.”

Mr. Fukasawa, Head of Global Portfolio Solutions Japan, said: “I am excited to join Carlyle, a firm with a long-standing presence in Japan and one that is well-known for its value creation capabilities globally. I look forward to using my experience to help deliver positive impact to our Japanese portfolio.”

Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Fukasawa was a Senior Advisor at AlixPartners based in Tokyo. He also held various leadership positions including Co-Head of Asia and Co-Head of Japan. Previously, he worked at Kearney (previously A.T. Kearney) for close to two decades where he was a Partner and held a number of roles including Head of Japan and he was a Member of the Global Board and Chairman of the Strategy & Portfolio Committee. He brings extensive experience in global management consulting and has helped major global and Japanese companies in numerous sectors with business transformations, M&A, and post-merger integrations.

Since 2016, Mr. Fukasawa has served as a non-executive director at Fukuoka Financial Group and The Bank of Fukuoka. He holds a degree in Economics from Hitotsubashi University and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.