Operations Group

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, GeoTechnologies Inc.

Yoshimi Harada

Director,
Chief Sustainability
Officer

Yoshimi Harada

Ms. Harada joined Polaris in Mar 2020. Prior to Polaris, she served launching the Japanese subsidiary of US pharma company as a Head of Corporate Operations. In her career history, she worked at Boston Consulting Group engaging in formulating strategies for consumer goods and digital services after starting her career at Shiseido where she was engaging in the launch of new brands, product planning and marketing. Later, she was involved in corporate turnaround of Kanebo (renamed as Kracie) when invested by PE funds. Subsequently she was a Head of BD and Alliances while serving as a Chief of Staff, and led projects for corporate culture, employees’ engagement, diversity, and corporate governance structure at Pfizer Japan. She has given many lectures on marketing and diversity. Ms. Harada received a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from London Business School.

Takumi Kakazu

Director

Takumi Kakazu

Mr. Takumi Kakazu joined Polaris in June 2021. Before joining Polaris, he was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company, where he led a variety of projects from New Business Development, Operation improvement, to Initiatives Implementation. He also led Digital Transformation projects including Machine Learning model development and Agile Marketing implementation. Prior to McKinsey, he has experience working as an Equity Research Analyst at Morgan Stanley Securities covering Precision Instruments Industry. He also experienced Software sales and implementation at Oracle Japan as a Pre-Sales Consultant. Mr. Kakazu received a BA in International Relations from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

He concurrently holds positions as below;
Director, Lincstech Co., Ltd.

Kazunari Yokoyama

Advisor

Kazunari Yokoyama

Mr. Kazunari Yokoyama is a Managing Director of Operation Group. Mr. Yokoyama joined Polaris in April 2019. Prior to Polaris, he worked at Misumi Group as Account General Manager to optimize global factory supply procurement by pursuing time strategy for 3 years. Before that, he served as Associate Principal at McKinsey in various projects such as operation improvement (e.g. global procurement optimization), alliance strategy development and new project launch mainly in industry sector for 7 years. Mr. Yokoyama also had broad business experience such as investment in mining equity and global trading during 14-year experience at Mitsui. Mr. Yokoyama received a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tokyo.

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