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KKR hires BoA executive to lead communications

Peter McKillop, a senior communications executive for Bank of America, has agreed to join the private equity mega-firm to ‘tell the KKR story’. KKR recently put off its IPO, expected to complete this year, until 2009.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has hired Peter McKillop as director of global communications to oversee all of the firm’s internal and external communications.

McKillop will join KKR on 17 November. He will report to managing director and head of global public affairs Kenneth Mehlman, former chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2007 and the manager of President George W Bush’s 2005 re-election campaign.

Peter McKillop

The former senior vice president and head of corporate communications for Bank of America’s consumer and small business banks will help tell the KKR story and communicate how the firm creates value, improves companies and benefits stakeholders, Mehlman said in a statement.

“Today, more than ever, companies have a responsibility to engage with the public,” Mehlman said.

Prior to joining Bank of America, McKillop was managing director for marketing and communication at JP Morgan responsible for all communications in Japan, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Earlier, he was a managing director in the Japan office of communication firm Burson-Marsteller.

McKillop started his career as a journalist for Newsweek.

Private equity giant KKR earlier this week said it will put off until next year the de-listing and acquisition of KKR Private Equity Investors (KPE) and subsequent public listing of the combined entities on the New York Stock Exchange. The transaction had been expected to complete this year.