Silver Lake augments advisory team with Japan hire

The private equity firm has hired Hidetaka Fukuda, previously a tech policy specialist at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

California-based Silver Lake has appointed Hidetaka Fukuda as special advisor to its team in Asia as it seeks partnerships with Japanese tech companies.

Fukuda most recently set up e-conservo, a consulting firm, prior to which he worked for Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry where he was responsible for technological and industrial policy for industries, such as semiconductors, electronics and telecommunication equipment. He also played an important role in consolidation activities between Japanese companies in the flat panel and networking equipment sectors, according to a statement.

Based in Tokyo, Fukuda will be provide counsel to Silver Lake on business development, professional networking, investment analysis and value creation activities.

Fukuda joins Silver Lake’s team of global advisors, which include Nikesh Arora, president of Google’s Europe, Middle East and Africa operations; Miles Flint, former president of Sony Ericsson Mobile communications and George Kadifa, former vice president of global delivery at IBM Global Technology Services.

In October, Silver Lake’s bid for a majority stake in the mobile products unit of Huawei Technologies, a Shenzhen-based telecommunications company, fell through when Huawei decided to halt the $4bn sale, due to uncertain global market conditions.

In March, Silver Lake closed its third, tech-focused buyout fund on $9.3 billion, more than double the size of its predecessor closed in April 2004.