Investment Committee

Yuji Kimura

Founder,
President & CEO

Yuji Kimura

Mr. Kimura founded Polaris in 2004 and was appointed CEO. Currently, he is in charge of overall management as the President and CEO, and is in the forefront of investment, monitoring, and IR operations as the Chairman of the Investment Committee. 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 has been appointed Visiting Professor since April 2020 at the Graduate School of Kyoto University where he had been assuming the position of Adjunct Professor since April 2019. He also has acted as Chairman of Japan Private Equity Association since September 2019.

He concurrently holds positions as below;
Director, Factory Japan Group 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, Tokico System Solutions, Ltd.
Director, HITOWA Holdings Co., Ltd.
Director, Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Co., Ltd.
Director, SOGO MEDICAL CO., LTD.
Director, INCREMENT P CORPORATION

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

Akira Iinuma

Mr. Iinuma joined Polaris in November 2004 after serving as vice president of the Investment Banking Group of Mizuho Securities . At Mizuho Securities, he was also engaged in Investment Banking business with a focus on M&A transactions. 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, LB Co., Ltd.
Director, O-net, Inc.
Director, HITOWA Holdings Co., Ltd.
Director, SOGO MEDICAL CO., LTD.

Ryoichi Ogawa

Partner,
Head of Operations Group,
Head of IR Group

Ryoichi Ogawa

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.
Director, SOGO MEDICAL CO., LTD.

Junpei Yamada

Partner

Junpei Yamada

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, Tokico System Solutions, Ltd.
Director, Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Co., Ltd.
Director, INCREMENT P CORPORATION

Toru Kajimura

Partner

Toru Kajimura

Mr. Kajimura joined Polaris in Jan 2006. Prior to Polaris, he was engaged in research and dissemination of information in Telecom/Media/Internet areas, as well as marketing and forming M&A/LBO transactions in those industries at Industrial Research Department of Industrial Bank of Japan and Mizuho Corporate Bank. He is the author of several books including "Media Business in Internet Era"(Mizuho Industrial Research, Dec 2005). At Polaris, he had been engaged in investment activities before transferring to Operations group in Apr 2019 to conduct value creation business for portfolio companies. He received a Bachelor in Engineering from the University of Tokyo and a Master in Civil Engineering from the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo.

He concurrently holds positions as below;
Director, O-net, Inc.
Director, INCREMENT P CORPORATION

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