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.

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.

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, HIVIC Co., Ltd.
Director, LB Co., Ltd.

Hideo Mitsuda

Partner,
Head of IR Group/Head of Planning & Administration Group

Mr. Mitsuda joined Polaris in August 2006. Prior to Polaris, he worked at Mizuho Financial Group for 12 years, first as a research analyst of the Industrial Research Department of The Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ), then as vice president of the specialized finance division at the New York office of Mizuho Corporate Bank. Mr. Mitsuda received a BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

He concurrently holds positions as below;
Director, Aimedic MMT 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, HIVIC Co., Ltd.
Director, BAKE, Inc.
Director, Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited
Director, Japan EM Solutions Limited, Inc.

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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