Bill Hagerty (politician)
|30th United States Ambassador to Japan|
August 31, 2017 – July 22, 2019
|Preceded by||Caroline Kennedy|
|Succeeded by||Joseph M. Young|
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim
|Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development|
February 14, 2011 – June 6, 2014
|Preceded by||Matt Kisber|
|Succeeded by||Randy Boyd|
William Francis Hagerty IV
August 14, 1959
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Chrissy Hagerty (m. 1987)
|Education||Vanderbilt University (BA, JD)|
William Francis Hagerty IV (born August 14, 1959) is an American private equity investor who served as the United States Ambassador to Japan. He was previously the managing director and co-founder of Hagerty Peterson & Company, a private equity investment firm. On March 27, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Hagerty to serve as United States Ambassador to Japan, succeeding Obama appointee Caroline Kennedy. On July 27, 2017, Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Hagerty, who became the 30th United States Ambassador to Japan.
Education and career
Hagerty is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor, both from Vanderbilt University. He began his career at Boston Consulting Group, culminating in a three-year assignment to Tokyo. Hagerty served as an economic advisor and White House Fellow under President George H. W. Bush, and then began a career in private equity, initially at Trident Capital in Silicon Valley. He was Mitt Romney's national finance chairman for Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.
From 2011 to 2014, Hagerty served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development in the cabinet of Governor Bill Haslam, where he played a role in investments by Bridgestone, Calsonic Kansei, and Nissan in Tennessee.
Major League Soccer (MLS) Steering Committee
Prior to his confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Hagerty founded and led the Nashville MLS Steering Committee, a coalition seeking to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Nashville, Tennessee. That effort was successful, with Nashville being officially selected and named the first of two new MLS expansion markets on December 20, 2017.
2016 presidential election
During the early stages of the 2016 presidential election, Hagerty served as Trump Victory Chair for Tennessee. Following the Republican nomination of Donald Trump, he was selected in August 2016 as director of appointments for Trump's presidential transition team.
United States Ambassador to Japan
Prior to his confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Hagerty was reportedly also under consideration for the post of U.S. Trade Representative, based on his prior international trade and U.S. foreign investment experience.
On July 16, 2019, Hagerty announced he would resign as Ambassador to Japan.
2020 U.S. Senate campaign
On July 12, 2019 President Trump announced that Hagerty would resign as Ambassador to Japan, so that he could run in the U.S. Senate in Tennessee in 2020, also in the tweet, Trump endorsed his run for Senate. Hagerty officaly launched his Senate campaign on September 9, 2019.
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| United States Ambassador to Japan
Joseph M. Young
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim