Management 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 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. (Formely Hitachi Automotive Systems Measurement, Ltd.)
Director, HITOWA Holdings Co., Ltd.
Director, Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Co., Ltd.
Director, SOGO MEDICAL HOLDINGS CO., LTD.

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, LB Co., Ltd.
Director, O-net, Inc.
Director, HITOWA Holdings Co., Ltd.
Director, SOGO MEDICAL 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.
Director, SOGO MEDICAL 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, Tokico System Solutions, Ltd. (Formerly Hitachi Automotive Systems Measurement, Ltd.)
Director, Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Co., Ltd.

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