Reiji Terasaka joined The Carlyle Group in Tokyo as a managing director with the firm's corporate carve-out team.
The position is new, said a Hong Kong-based Carlyle spokeswoman, Monday.
Mr. Terasaka will focus on opportunities resulting from Japanese companies looking to divest non-core businesses in "general industries and consumer, retail and healthcare sectors," said a news release.
"He'll work closely with Hiroyuki Otsuka, deputy head of Carlyle Japan, to further accelerate the firm's corporate carve-out investments in Japan, one of the major areas where Carlyle sees growth opportunities," the news release said.
Carlyle's Japan buyout funds have invested ¥300 billion ($2.8 billion) in Japan since the company set up its Tokyo office in 2000, the spokeswoman said.
Mr. Terasaka joined from Marelli Corporation, a Saitama, Japan-based auto parts maker backed by KKR & Co. Inc., where he was senior vice president of business management and M&A, the spokeswoman said.
A Marelli spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.