KKR Capstone strengthens Australia operations

Matthew Claughton’s appointment is the latest in a string of hires in the Asia-Pacific region

KKR Capstone, the operations unit tied to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, has appointed Matthew Claughton as a director in its Sydney office, according to a statement.

Claughton, who started his career at McKinsey & Co, was most recently group general manager of Pacific Brands’ Workwear business unit, and previously managed the group’s business development, human resources and international business across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that he was a director of strategy and business development at Foster’s Group.

“KKR and KKR Capstone have been adding resources to support both existing and new investments. Matthew's talent and experience is a perfect fit to lead the KKR Capstone team in the country,” Justin Reizes, head of KKR Australia, said in a statement.

“As a line manager, he brings a track record of managing business, making them more efficient and developing and implementing growth strategies alongside prior experience in corporate strategy and blue-chip consulting.”

KKR declined to comment further on the appointment.

Claughton’s appointment comes as KKR continues to expand its team in the Asia-Pacific region. In March Tony Schultz joined the Sydney office as a managing director dedicated to energy and natural resources in the region. Frances Lim, a director in the firm’s global macro asset and allocation team, will be relocating to Sydney by the end of the year. Lim is currently based in New York, according to KKR’s website.

In August KKR made its first Australian real estate investment, teaming up with Abacus Property Group to acquire three towers in Melbourne’s World Trade Centre for A$120.4 million (€83.79 million; $112.2 million) PEI’s sister publication PERE reported at the time. Following that investment, KKR added its first dedicated resources for the global real estate team in Sydney.

More recent additions include Matthew Chang, who joined as a managing director at KKR Capstone China in April, with Sakae Suzuki as a director in Japan and Akhil Puri as director in India last year.