HONG KONG—Asset management firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. has named Steven Okun as director of public affairs in Asia. Okun will be responsible for overseeing the firm's public affairs, corporate citizenship and external communications in Asia Pacific, as well as for helping to support the public affairs and communications efforts of KKR's portfolio companies in the region. He will report to Kenneth Mehlman, global head of public affairs.
Okun currently serves as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, and until October 2010, was vice president for public affairs for UPS in Asia Pacific. He represented UPS before the governments of the region, focusing on matters concerning international aviation, trade, and competition. He also held a leadership role in UPS' corporate social responsibility efforts in Asia. Previously, from 1999 to 2003, Mr. Okun worked in UPS' Washington, DC office, where he coordinated the company's successful efforts in obtaining its initial aviation authority to China.
Okun also served in the administration of President Bill Clinton as deputy general counsel at the Department of Transportation.