July 17, 2017: William F. Hagerty IV was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Hagerty, 57, of Tennessee, was nominated on March 23, 2017. Hagerty is a founder and the managing director of Hagerty Peterson and Company, LLC, also known as Hagerty Peterson, which is a private equity investment company with offices in Nashville and Chicago. In July, 2016, Hagerty took a leave of absence from Hagerty Peterson to work as the director of presidential appointments for the 2016 Trump presidential transition team. Hagerty started his career with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 1984 as an international management consultant and he spent three years in Japan managing BCG’s business with Western clients throughout Japan and Asia. In 1991, Hagerty moved to Washington, D.C., to work as a White House Fellow, reporting to the Vice President and focusing on international trade, commerce, treasury, defense, and telecom. Hagerty returned to the private sector in 1993 and worked as a chief executive officer and as a board member at companies with operations in Asia and Europe. From 2011 to 2015, Hagerty was the Tennessee Secretary for Trade and Commerce. Hagerty received his law degree from Vanderbilt University.