GLOBAL investment firm The Carlyle Group announced April 7 that Jun Kawakami, former CEO of GE Healthcare Japan, has been appointed as a senior advisor to the Carlyle Japan advisory team.
Kawakami will primarily advise the Carlyle team on investment opportunities in the healthcare sector, whilst also supporting more broadly on investments in the general industries and technology, media, and telecom sectors. He will provide guidance to the management teams of Carlyle’s portfolio companies on operations, growth strategies and corporate governance.
Kawakami joins a growing team of eight senior advisors and operating executives supporting the firm in Japan across its core sectors of consumer, retail and healthcare, general industries, and technology, media and telecom.
Globally, Carlyle works with a team of more than 40 operating executives, senior advisors, and operating advisors, who provide strategic guidance to Carlyle professionals throughout the investment process, from sourcing deals to conducting diligence, managing companies and exiting transactions.
Kawakami was most recently president and CEO of Arteria Networks Corporation. Prior to that, he was CEO of GE Healthcare Japan having previously held a number of senior management roles at the firm and in GE. During his tenure at GE Healthcare Japan, he drove the firm’s growth by entering global markets with products and solutions from Japan that focused on the healthcare needs of the ageing population.
Before joining GE Healthcare Japan, Kawakami served as general manager for North Asia of GE Engine Services (formerly a business within GE Aviation), and was also named as director for both GE Japan and GE Engine Services Japan. Before that, he led business development for various GE businesses, including power, plastics and appliance.