Industry Veteran Brings Abundant Insights and Broad Network to Support Investments and Portfolio Management
Tokyo, Japan, July 12, 2018 – Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced that Minoru Koshibe, former Executive Vice President of Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., has been appointed as a Senior Advisor to Carlyle Japan advisory team.
Mr. Koshibe will advise the Carlyle team on the business environment and key trends in sectors such as the chemicals industry. He will also support the management teams of Carlyle’s portfolio companies regarding corporate governance, operations, branding and growth strategies.
Carlyle currently has a global team of more than 40 Operating Executives, Senior Advisors and Operating Advisors with an average of more than 30 years’ experience as executives and leaders at top-tier companies. They support Carlyle’s sourcing and value creation activities across a broad range of industries. In Japan, Carlyle now has five Senior Advisors with the addition of Mr. Koshibe. Others are Mr. Tamotsu Adachi, former Co-Representative of Carlyle Japan and current Representative Director, President and CEO of Benesse Holdings, Inc.; Mr. Yukio Kubota, former President of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.; Mr. Yasuo Nishiguchi, former President and CEO of Kyocera Corporation; and Mr. Yutaka Nishimura, former President and Regional CEO of Richemont Japan Ltd.
Kazuhiro Yamada, Managing Director and Representative of Carlyle Japan LLC, said, “I would like to sincerely welcome Mr. Koshibe to our team. During his 40-year career at Mitsui Chemicals and its predecessor, Mitsui Toatsu, Mr. Koshibe has developed significant expertise spanning from on-the-field manufacturing/production to research and process development, and extending to corporate planning, sales and business development (M&A and partnerships/alliances). With his appointment, the Carlyle team in Japan will have a strong team of five Senior Advisors, helping us to source new deals and create even more value in the companies we invest in.”
Mr. Koshibe said, “I am honored to be part of Carlyle’s Senior Advisor team. I look forward to working closely with the Carlyle Japan team to achieve further success by leveraging my experience and industry knowledge. I also hope to support the value creation of Carlyle’s portfolio companies, and hence contribute to the revitalization of the overall Japanese economy.”
Mr. Koshibe joined Mitsui Toatsu Chemicals Co., Ltd. (currently Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.) in 1978 and held positions including Corporate Planning, Executive Officer, and Planning and Development Director for the Material Business Department, and Managing Executive Officer. In 2013, he was appointed Representative Director and Executive Vice President.
Mr. Koshibe has engaged in numerous domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, helping to expand Mitsui Chemical’s businesses especially in the fields of healthcare and agrichemicals, and adding new products such as electronic glasses. He led the establishment of the company’s mid-term business plan and business portfolio restructuring, including new business partnerships, delistings and demergers. Currently, Mr. Koshibe serves as Senior Councilor for Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Executive Advisor for Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Consultant for LOTTE Corporation. He is also actively involved in a variety of industrial organizations, serving as, for instance, the Director for “Kokuryoku Baizou Juku” (a General Incorporated Association), Advisor for “Furusato TV” (a Nonprofit Organization), Representative Facilitator for Thomson Reuters Salon, and Supporter of Monozukuri Nadeshiko.
Mr. Koshibe earned his B.A. and M.A. from Osaka University’s School of Science.