KKR names Bookmyer head of Australia

Scott Bookmyer will move from KKR’s Hong Kong to Sydney office to strengthen the firm’s Australian operations.

KKR has named Scott Bookmyer, chief operating office of Asia, to head the firm’s Sydney office effective 1 July 2016.

Bookmyer will be relocating from Hong Kong to Sydney and will replace Justin Reizes who retired after more than 15 years with the firm.

Bookmyer will remain COO of KKR Asia and continue to oversee core elements of the firm’s business operations and strategic initiatives. He will also continue to serve on the Asia Private Equity Investment Committee and remain the chairman of the Asia Portfolio Management Committee.

“Transferring Scott to Sydney will leverage his experience – both globally and in the Asia-Pacific region – to strengthen our franchise in a strategically important market. Scott will provide proven leadership across KKR’s varied and growing investment platforms in Australia, which include private equity, real estate, energy and resources and credit,” KKR Asia managing partner Joseph Bae said.

Bookmyer joined KKR Capstone in 2002, moved to Hong Kong in 2010 to head its Capstone operations in Asia, and was appointed COO in 2014. Before joining KKR Capstone, he worked at Procter & Gamble and The Boston Consulting Group.

KKR has invested more than A$ 3 billion ($2 billion; €1.96 billion) in Australia including in agri-business Sundrop Farms, healthcare specialist GenesisCare, mine site trucking company Bis Industries and sandalwood producer Santanol.