News Release

Carlyle Names Former President of Dow Japan and Korea Eriko Sakurai as Senior Advisor

Tokyo, Japan – February 1, 2024 – Global investment firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) today announced the appointment of Eriko Sakurai, former President of Dow Japan and Korea, as Senior Advisor to the Carlyle Japan advisory team, effective today.

Ms. Sakurai will advise the Carlyle Japan team on identifying and assessing new investment opportunities primarily in the General Industries sector, which mainly focuses on investing behind themes including capital goods, chemical/material, transportation & logistics and infrastructure-related goods and services. She will also advise on the operations and value creation initiatives within Carlyle portfolio companies.

Kazuhiro Yamada and Takaomi Tomioka, Co-Heads of the Carlyle Japan advisory team, said, “Ms. Sakurai is an experienced business leader with a strong track record primarily in the manufacturing industry. Her deep industry experience, network and operational experience will bring distinct and significant value to Carlyle and our portfolio companies. We are delighted to have someone of her caliber work with Carlyle as we continue to expand our investment activities in this sector and create value in Japanese companies.”

Ms. Sakurai said, “Carlyle has a long-standing history of investing in Japan. I look forward to working with the team on new investment opportunities and helping its portfolio companies deliver business transformation and sustainable growth.”

Ms. Sakurai has held various leadership roles in her 35-year career at Dow including most recently as President of Dow Japan and Korea from 2020-2022. She also previously served as Regional President of Japan and Korea of Dow Corning and Chairman and CEO of Dow Corning Toray. In addition to her roles at Dow, Ms. Sakurai served on the board of Sony Group Corporation from 2014 to 2020, and she currently sits on the boards of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Kao Corporation, Astellas Pharma, and Nippon Sheet Glass.

Ms. Sakurai joins a team of ten Senior Advisors and Operating Executives supporting Carlyle in Japan across its core industry sectors. Carlyle has extensive experience supporting Japanese companies to enhance operational efficiencies, strengthen management infrastructure, and access global markets, with a particular focus on both succession planning and carve-out deals.


About Carlyle 
Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across three business segments: Global Private Equity, Global Credit and Global Investment Solutions. With $382 billion of assets under management as of September 30, 2023, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. Carlyle employs more than 2,200 people in 28 offices across four continents. Further information is available at For more, follow Carlyle on X and LinkedIn.

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