Investment Committee

Yuji Kimura

Chairman

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, NOVARESE, Inc.
Director, BAKE, Inc.
Director, LB Co., Ltd.
Director, FCNT Limited
Director, Japan EM Solutions Limited, Inc.
Director, O-net, Inc.
Director, Tokico Holdings, Ltd.
Director, HITOWA Holdings Co., Ltd.
Director, Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Co., Ltd.
Director, SOGO MEDICAL CO., LTD.
Director, INCREMENT P CORPORATION

Akira Iinuma

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

Ryoichi Ogawa

Mr. Ogawa is a Partner in charge of Operations 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

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, BAKE, Inc.
Director, FCNT Limited
Director, Japan EM Solutions Limited, Inc.
Director, O-net, Inc.
Director, Tokico Holdings, Ltd.
Director, Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Co., Ltd.
Director, INCREMENT P CORPORATION

Toru Kajimura

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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