Investment Committee

Yuji Kimura

Founder,
President & CEO

Mr. Kimura is the founding member of Polaris. He was appointed executive vice president in September 2004 and was promoted to president in June 2006. Prior to Polaris, he was general manager of the Private Equity Department of Mizuho Securities, where he managed and successfully generated high performance on a number of private equity investments. Before Mizuho Securities, Mr. Kimura worked 16 years in corporate banking and investment banking at The Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. (IBJ). Mr. Kimura received a BA in International Relations from the University of Tokyo, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He concurrently holds positions as below;
Director, Factory Japan Group Co., Ltd.
Director, Aimedic MMT CO., LTD.
Director, AIMECHATEC, Ltd.
Director, NOVARESE, Inc.
Director, BAKE, Inc.
Director, LB Co., Ltd.
Director, Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited
Director, Japan EM Solutions Limited, Inc.
Director, O-net, Inc.
Director, Hitachi Automotive Systems Measurement, Ltd.
Director, HITOWA Holdings Co., Ltd.

Norio Kinouchi

Director,
Member of the Board

Mr. Kinouchi joined Development Bank of Japan in 1972. He built his career in corporate finance and later became Finance Department Head and Takamatsu Branch Manager of the Bank before he moved to Johnson Diversey in 2001. He was promoted to CEO of Johnson Diversey Group in 2006 and made the group more efficient and competitive with his ability to plan and execute effective business strategies. After retiring from the CEO position in August 2006, he joined Midori Godo Keiei as partner. Mr. Kinouchi joined Polaris as senior advisor in January 2007 and was appointed director in December 2012.

Zenji Miura

Director,
Member of the
Board

Mr. Miura joined Ricoh Company, Ltd. in 1976, beginning his career in Corporate Planning / Finance division. In 1988 he moved Netherland to play a key finance role heading EMEA regions as General Manager of Ricoh Europe. After that he was appointed the first president of Ricoh France S.A. to develop M&A strategy for sales distributers. Then he moved to London to become Managing Director of Gestetner Holdings PLC and in June 2005 he was appointed the Director, Corporate Executive Vice President and CFO. He come back to Ricoh Company, Ltd. and then became Representative Director and Deputy President in April 2011, and Representative Director, President and CEO in April 2013. During his CEO period he made a great contribution to the reforms and growth of the company through developing “Business Selection and Focus” and “Realization of Highly Efficient Management” strategies. Mr. Miura received a BA in Technology from Tokyo University of Science and MA in Economics from Sophia University.

Akira Iinuma

Partner,
Head of Investment Group,

Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Iinuma joined Polaris in November 2004 after serving as vice president of the Investment Banking Group of Mizuho Securities in the areas of food & beverages, retail, and media sectors. At Mizuho Securities, he was also engaged in M&A transactions in various sectors, such as industrial products, energy, and financial services as vice president of the M&A Group. Before that, he worked at The Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ), first in the international finance division, then in the debt capital markets division (IBJ Securities). Mr. Iinuma received a BA in International Relations from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University.

He concurrently holds positions as below;
Director, EDOICHI Co., Ltd.
Director, LYKAON Co., Ltd.
Director, LB Co., Ltd.
Director, O-net, Inc.
Director, HITOWA Holdings Co., Ltd.

Ryoichi Ogawa

Partner,
Head of Operations Group,
Head of IR Group

Mr. Ryoichi Ogawa is a Partner, Head of Operations Group, and Head of IR Group of Polaris. Mr. Ogawa most recently served as Managing Director and CIO of Polaris CG Singapore Pte. Ltd., and an Investment Committee Member of Altair Capital Advisors, a buyout fund that is focused on SMEs in the ASEAN region. Before joining Polaris as a Principal of Investment Group in 2007, Mr. Ogawa worked as a Project Manager at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). His project experience at BCG includes strategy and corporate development, and major organizational- and operational-change efforts in various sectors. Prior to joining BCG, he worked at Mitsui & Co., Ltd., one of the largest international trading companies. Mr. Ogawa received a BA in Political Science from Waseda University and an MBA from London Business School.

He concurrently holds positions as below;
Director, HITOWA Holdings Co., Ltd.

Junpei Yamada

Partner

Mr. Yamada joined Polaris in April 2007. Prior to Polaris, he worked at RECOF Corporation and was engaged in M&A advisory services (M&A Strategic Planning/Origination & Execution of M&A transactions) with a focus on Electronics/Technology sector. He was also engaged in originating and executing M&A transactions by buyout funds & real estate funds. Mr. Yamada received a BA in Commerce from Waseda University.

He concurrently holds positions as below;
Director, Factory Japan Group Co., Ltd.
Director, AIMECHATEC, Ltd.
Director, BAKE, Inc.
Director, Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited
Director, Japan EM Solutions Limited, Inc.
Director, O-net, Inc.
Director, Hitachi Automotive Systems Measurement, Ltd.

Susumu Sekihata

Partner

Mr. Sekihata joined Polaris in July 2009. Prior to Polaris, he was Director at Vestar Capital Partners working to establish its franchise in Japan and to engage in deal sourcing. Before that, Mr. Sekihata was a founding member of Red Diamond Capital, a New York-based middle-market buyout fund affiliated with Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan's leading international trading house. Mr. Sekihata also had various line management experiences previously within General Merchandize Division of Mitsubishi Corporation. Mr. Sekihata has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from Hitotsubashi University.

He concurrently holds positions as below;
Director, EDOICHI Co., Ltd.
Director, LYKAON Co., Ltd.
Director, Aimedic MMT CO., LTD.
Director, NOVARESE, Inc.

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