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Jim Rowan Appointed As Senior Advisor To KKR's Asia Private Equity Team

Global investment firm KKR today has appointed Jim Rowan, former Chief Executive Officer of Dyson Ltd., as a Senior Advisor to KKR’s Asia Private Equity team.

Ming Lu, Partner & Head of Asia Pacific at KKR, commented, “There is an increasingly urgent need for companies across sectors and geographies to become more technologically and digitally advanced to stay leaders in their industries. With this in mind, we are excited to welcome Jim as a Senior Advisor to KKR. His appointment reflects our commitment to actively support the entrepreneurs and management teams in whom we invest. Our growing portfolio of consumer and technology businesses will benefit from direct access to Jim’s extensive global experience in implementing successful growth strategies.”

Rowan led Dyson as its CEO between 2017 and 2020, during which time he accelerated the company’s e-commerce strategy. He joined Dyson in 2012 as its Chief Operating Officer, managing major aspects of its operational functions and research and development activities. Prior to Dyson, he was the COO of BlackBerry and a senior executive at Flextronics. Rowan is an Advisory Board Member of Nanyang Technological University’s School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He also sits on the Board of Nanofilm and PCH International.

“I have been impressed by the array of innovative, high-growth companies and the high-caliber management teams that KKR has partnered with in Asia Pacific and worldwide. I am excited by the opportunity to work with the firm and with the management teams of KKR’s portfolio companies to drive profitable growth, innovation and digital transformation," said Rowan.

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