By Malvika Joshi
Tripathi’s appointment comes at a time when the PE firm is increasingly looking at buyout opportunities in India.
Poetzscher oversaw several deals at Uber including its merger with the ride-hailing unit of Russia’s Yandex and the sale of its Southeast Asian business to Singapore’s Grab. He also led Uber’s funding deals with Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp and Coatue Management.
Local media had reported last week that Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad was likely to step down soon after leading KWAP for five years.
Leland became a Goldman managing director in 2000 and was named partner in 2006.
It follows a similar move by bigger rival Blackstone Group which last year hired a buyout team to add to its existing operation in Japan.
He is currently the group chairman of Media Prima Berhad, the country’s biggest media conglomerate.
TransPacific Group, a placement agent for Asian institutional investors, has appointed Akito Hattori as a director in its Hong Kong office
In this newly created role, Porter will oversee Grab’s technology infrastructure and transport business teams, including private-car hires, taxi-hailing, motorbike taxis, carpooling and multimodal services.
Startups are not blindly looking at Silicon Valley for talent, but hiring tech executives who have spent at least some time working in Indian internet companies.
Khambata, considered an industry veteran in capital markets, has previously served as the managing director of CDSL Ventures and CDSL Insurance Depository.