Kenichi Iwata, based in Tokyo, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Health, Private Equity, and Board Consulting practices. He is a trusted advisor on Japanese talent strategy to private equity, health care, and technology and communications clients. In addition to executive search, Kenichi performs management appraisals and consults on corporate governance and leadership development.
Helping clients transform themselves and evolve to a much more competitive level gives me great satisfaction. And knowing that I am developing myself as well makes it exciting for me to get up early every morning.
Before joining Egon Zehnder, Kenichi was a Director responsible for deal sourcing at Advantage Partners LLP, one of the largest private equity firms in Japan. That was preceded by the role of Principal with Boston Consulting Group, where he worked with clients in technology and communications, health care and general trading. Kenichi began his career at ITOCHU Corporation, one of Japan’s largest general trading houses, focusing on precious metals and jewelry and the commodity fund business.
Kenichi earned a BS in engineering from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Outside of work, he is passionate about traveling internationally, reading, watching movies, and visiting art museums all over the world. He and his wife have one daughter.