Investment Group

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

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.

Toru Kajimura

Principal

Mr. Kajimura joined Polaris in January 2006. Prior to Polaris, he was engaged in financial advisory work covering the telecom, media and internet sector at Mizuho Corporate Bank for five years. He received M. Eng in Civil Engineering from the University of Tokyo.

Hideto Nishihata

Principal

Mr. Nishihata joined Polaris in April 2012. He started his career at Oracle Corporation Japan and was engaged in project management for ERP package installation and consulting for operational implement. Then he joined in the business revitalization department of PwC Advisory (current PricewaterhouseCoopers Japan) and was engaged in business plan formulation for medium-sized enterprises and monitoring support. In 2010 he moved to The Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation of Japan and was in charge of turnaround investments for medium-sized enterprises and post-investment hands-on turnaround support. Mr. Nishihata received a Bachelor of Engineering from Kobe University.

He concurrently holds positions as below;
Auditor, Factory Japan Group Co., Ltd.
Auditor, BAKE, Inc.

Naohiko Ohno

Principal

Mr. Ohno joined Polaris in February 2011. Prior to Polaris, he worked at RECOF Corporation and was engaged in M&A advisory services (sourcing and execution of M&A transactions) with a focus on mid cap companies in electronics, education, human resources and apparel. He also provided advisory services to private equity funds on the exits of their portfolio companies. Mr. Ohno received a BA in Commerce from Hitotsubashi University.

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

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