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William Francis Hagerty IV (born August 14, 1959) is an American private equity investor who currently serves 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.[1] 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.[2]

Bill Hagerty
Ambassador Hagerty.jpg
30th United States Ambassador to Japan
Assumed office
July 27, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byCaroline Kennedy
Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
In office
February 14, 2011 – June 6, 2014
GovernorBill Haslam
Preceded byMatt Kisber
Succeeded byRandy Boyd
Personal details
William Francis Hagerty IV

(1959-08-14) August 14, 1959 (age 59)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Chrissy Hagerty (m. 1987)
EducationVanderbilt University (BA, JD)


Education and careerEdit

Hagerty is a native of Nashville, Tennessee,[3] and earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor, both from Vanderbilt University.[4] He began his career at Boston Consulting Group, culminating in a three-year assignment to Tokyo.[4] Hagerty served as an economic advisor and White House Fellow under President George H. W. Bush,[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

Hagerty has served on the boards of CyMed, NEW Customer Services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Ryman Hospitality, Pinnacle Financial Partners, and R.J. O'Brien.[8]

Major League Soccer (MLS) Steering CommitteeEdit

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.[9][10][11][12]

2016 presidential electionEdit

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.[13][14]

United States Ambassador to JapanEdit

Haggerty and family with Donald and Melania Trump in the ambassadorial residence in 2019

Hagerty was nominated to be the United States Ambassador to Japan by President Donald Trump. He was confirmed on July 13, 2017, by the United States Senate in an 86–12 vote.[15][16]

He was sworn in as the 30th U.S. Ambassador to Japan on July 27, 2017.[17][18]

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.[19][20]


  1. ^ Collins, Michael (July 27, 2017). "1 Tennessee's Bill Hagerty sworn in as the U.S. ambassador to Japan". The Tennessean. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Sends Nominations to the Senate". White House press pool email. March 27, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Appointment of the 1991–1992 White House Fellows" (PDF). White House. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Bill Hagerty '84 appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Japan". Vanderbilt Law School. March 24, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  5. ^ Haberkorn, Jennifer; Restuccia, Andrew (August 28, 2016). "Trump taps Bush, Romney veterans for transition". Politico. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Garrison, Joey (November 12, 2014). "ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty to leave Haslam administration". The Tennessean. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  7. ^ "Trump to name Nashville's Bill Hagerty ambassador to Japan". The Tennessean. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Report for the Committee on Foreign Relations: Hagerty, William – Japan – May 2017". U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on June 6, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "State bill seeks to help Nashville MLS bid with stadium". The Tennessean. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  10. ^ "Nashville formally awarded MLS team, completing come-from-behind win". Nashville Business Journal. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Nashville lands MLS franchise". The Tennessean. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "Nashville MLS Win: Don't bet against Bill Hagerty". Nashville Business Journal. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "Nashville's Bill Hagerty takes on key role on Trump transition team". The Tennessean. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  14. ^ Rogin, Josh (August 3, 2016). "Top Corker aide joins Trump transition team". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  15. ^ "Senate Confirmation Vote".
  16. ^ "U.S. Senate confirms businessman Hagerty as ambassador to Japan".
  17. ^ The White House (July 27, 2017), Vice President Pence Swears In U.S. Ambassador to Japan William F. Hagerty IV, retrieved July 27, 2017
  18. ^ "Hagerty: Goal remains the denuclearization of North Korea". Asahi. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  19. ^ "Bill Hagerty reportedly a contender to be Trump's top trade negotiator". The Tennessean. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  20. ^ "Trump Team makes overtures to democrats as transition push ramps up". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 16, 2016.

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