Team

Team Members with
Diverse Experience and Accomplishments

As professionals who pursue a client-first approach,
our consultants are experienced in the areas of corporate governance, top executive advisory,
and business strategy (management) consulting to help address core management and corporate governance issues.

Hideaki Tsukuda

Hideaki Tsukuda is founder and CEO of the firm, and a leading board and leadership advisor in Japan. He provides a full range of services, including board effectiveness review, advising nomination committee for CEO succession and appointment, assessment of executives, executive coaching and non-executive director search. He also advises clients in the task of increasing corporate value by supporting business restructuring and new business development efforts.Read More
Prior to founding Board Advisors Japan, Hideaki was Representative Director and Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Japan office and a member of the Global Executive Committee. While at Egon Zehnder, he concurrently assumed the roles of Representative Director and Chief Operating Officer of Japan Investment Corporation in 2018. This was preceded by his career as an HR Consultant at McLagan Partners. Hideaki began his career at Sanwa Bank (currently Mitsubishi UFJ Bank) where he engaged in multiple positions including Human Resources Manager and Manager, International Division.

Hideaki is an Independent Director at Katitas Co., Ltd. He also serves as a committee member of the Council of Experts Concerning the Follow-up of Japan’s Stewardship Code and Japan’s Corporate Governance Code (jointly organized by Financial Services Agency and Tokyo Stock Exchange), the Council of Experts on the Stewardship Code (set by Financial Services Agency), Market Working Group at Financial Services Agency, and has recently served the Business Restructuring Study Group at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Hideaki earned a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Tokyo and an MS from MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Chikashi Fukuzawa

Chikashi Fukuzawa is a Chief Financial Officer in charge of finance, accounting, human resources, general affairs, legal, etc.Read More
He joined Board Advisers Japan in May 2022. In Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., he had been engaged in several Finance and Controller positions at Budget and Accounting Dept., Finance Dept., and Global Sales Finance Dept from 2004 till 2022. He was stationed overseas three times (France, China, and India) during his career at Nissan, including two CFO positions in subsidiaries. He started his career at Sanwa Bank (currently Mitsubishi UFJ bank) in 1991. After a domestic branch office, he worked at the head office’s international accounting and tax group and moved to the New York branch as an FP&A manager.

Chikashi received a Bachelor of Law at Hitotsubashi University(1991), a Master of Science in Accounting at Pace University(1999), and a US Certified Public Accountant certificate from the State of Delaware.

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Yuko Yasuda

Yuko Yasuda provides a full range of services including board effectiveness review, nomination committee and CEO succession advisory, and leadership development in management. She is also active in executive search for senior executive positions including non-executive director, CEO, CFO, and other C-suite positions for a variety of industries.Read More
Prior to joining Board Advisors Japan, Inc., Yuko was a Managing Director at Russell Reynolds Associates where she led the Board Services and Technology sector in Japan. She engaged in various leadership positions including Executive Committee member, Country Manager of Japan, and Regional Sector Leader in Technology in the Asia Pacific region. Previously, she worked for multiple clients in the technology sector as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton (currently PwC Strategy&). She began her career at IBM Japan as a Systems Engineer.

She has also served as Non-executive Director at SCSK, Showa-Shell, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. and Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. Yuko is also a member of Japan Association of Corporate Executives (“Keizai Doyukai”).

Yuko received a Bachelor of Social Studies from Hitotsubashi University and an MBA from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Mitsunobu Higashi

Mitsunobu Higashi provides a wide range of advisory services including board effectiveness review, management appraisal, leadership development, management training and both non-executive director and executive search.Read More
Before joining Board Advisors Japan, Inc., Mitsunobu was an Executive Director at Russell Reynolds Associates. Preceding this, he was Senior Executive Officer at Sega and responsible for finance, strategy, HR, IT, legal and other areas. Prior to Sega, he engaged in a Managing Director role at Gavin Anderson (currently Kreab). He began his career as a banker at Sanwa Bank (currently Mitsubishi UFJ Bank).

Mitsunobu received a Bachelor of Laws at Kyoto University and a Master of Law (LLM.) at New York University. He was admitted to the New York Bar.

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Masaaki Sakamoto

Masaaki Sakamoto has extensive expertise in senior executive/non-executive director search, management appraisal and leadership development, along with board effectiveness review and nomination committee experience.Read More
Prior to joining Board Advisors Japan, Inc., Masaaki was Director at Recruit Executive Agent, where he provided solutions through executive search for Japanese companies. Previously, he served client partners at Korn Ferry International. Earlier in his career, he supported a turnaround for a leading company at Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan. This was preceded by period at Accenture where he was involved in various activities including business development and venture capital, along with client engagements as a Strategy Consultant. Masaaki began his career at Bain & Company, relocating offices in Japan, Mexico, the US, and Korea.

Masaaki earned a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tokyo and subsequently obtained an MBA at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Tomohiro Noguchi

Tomohiro Noguchi has strong capability in building corporate strategies and organizational capabilities of Japanese companies mainly in financial industry. Based on his extensive experience in management consulting, he focuses on board effectiveness reviews and executive management assessment, as well as leadership development through coaching.Read More
Prior to joining Board Advisors Japan, Inc., he worked for Boston Consulting Group where he engaged in management consulting work for a wide range of top management agendas, including group strategy development, business strategy implementation support such as overseas expansion, digital utilization, and store operation reform, as well as governance and culture reform, mainly for financial institution and insurance company clients. As a principal, he was also deeply involved in the development of consultants, practicing numerous coaching and training programs (awarded Best Coach in 2018). Previously he worked for Bank of Japan where he was engaged in analyzing financial markets and macroeconomy both in Japan and New York office.

Tomohiro earned a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tokyo and subsequently obtained an MSc. In Economic Analysis and Policy at Warwick University (Chevening Scholarship, UK).

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Yoichiro Furukawa

Yoichiro Furukawa provides advisory services for corporate governance, including board effectiveness reviews and executive management assessment, CEO succession, leadership development, and non-executive director search.Read More
Before joining Board Advisors Japan, Yoichiro served as Director at Regional Economy Vitalization Corporation of Japan (REVIC), a public-private investment firm, where he engaged in investment in local leading companies and provided solutions to overall governance issues, including a succession of management/business.

He also has worked at Mitsubishi Corporation for 7 years and served as a project manager of one of the Tokyo Metropolitan area’s largest town development projects, trainee in the Philippines and Myanmar, equity investment to North America real estate development, and management controlling of foreign subsidiaries.

Yoichiro earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Kyoto University.

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Hiroshi Kamitani

Hiroshi Kamitani is active in the manufacturing industries practice. He provides advise on board effectiveness, CEO succession, leadership team development, and non-executive director search.Read More
Before joining Board Advisors Japan, Inc., Hiroshi was Business Producer at Dream Incubator Inc., where he worked with management teams in various industries including IT and financial. He began his career as an Engineer at Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

Hiroshi Kamitani earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Waseda University.

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Akimitsu Fujisawa

Akimitsu Fujisawa engages in developing enterprise value-up measures, board effectiveness review, outside director search, advisory of response to activists, CEO succession, and executive management development.Read More
Akimitsu started his career at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. in 201, where he had engaged in domestic retail sales. Prior to joining Board Advisors Japan, Inc., he provided various advisory services at IR Japan Inc.

Akimitsu’s motto is “being thoroughly client focused”. He has been involved in developing enterprise value-up measures from the perspective of institutional investors, dealing with activists, board effectiveness review, outside director search, and advising on hostile takeovers and proxy fights.

Graduated from the Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University in 2012.

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Klevis Sevrani

Klevis Sevrani provides strategic advisory services for corporate governance, including Board Effectiveness Review, CEO Succession, Non-Executive Director Search, and Management Appraisal. He is also active in national economic security practice for Japanese listed companies, providing a wide range of advice in the face of the growing geopolitical and geoeconomic risks and challenges.Read More
He started his career working for Arex Corporation, a Japanese public relations advisory firm, where he supported various Japanese and foreign-funded firms on Strategic Communications Planning, Media Relations, and Crisis Communication. Before joining Board Advisors Japan, he engaged in board effectiveness reviews, management/executive appraisals, and CEO succession projects as a core member of the corporate governance advisory group at Egon Zehnder (Tokyo Office).

He is the author of “Trends in National Economic Security and Strategic Responses Required of Japanese Corporate Boards of Directors (Original Title: 経済安全保障の動向と日本企業の取締役会に求められる戦略的対応),” Shoji Homu, No.2275 (October 2021): 96-104.

He grew up in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture of Japan. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the School of Law of Tohoku University, Japan, in 2014. He received the Master of Advanced International Studies (M.A.I.S.) from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in 2021.

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Katsuro Ogushi

Katsuro Ogushi is active in the financial and chemical industries practice. He provides advice on board effectiveness, CEO succession, management appraisals, and non-executive director search.Read More
Prior joining to Board Advisors Japan, Inc., Katsuro was an IT Analyst at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, where he was engaged in multiple projects including infrastructure integration at the PMI phase, and SOX compliance.

Katsuro earned a Bachelor of Laws from Kyoto University and a Master of Laws from Osaka University.

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Tomomi Murakami

Tomomi Murakami has strong expertise in ESG and she leverages her expertise for board effectiveness review, training for corporate executives and disclosure advisory to provides advice for various client companies.Read More
She began her career at Fuji Research Institute Corporation (later Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc., current Mizuho Research & Technologies, Ltd. ) in 1990. Since then, she has supported overall development process of environmental-oriented, CSR and ESG management for companies from both industrial and political aspects. She has proven track record of development for ESG strategy and long term environmental vision, materialization of ESG information disclosure, including TCFD disclosure, scenario analysis, management scheme improvement, and training and support for policy making to promote them, by analyzing issues of ESG management, with taking due consideration for investors and other stakeholders.

Tomomi Murakami earned a Bachler of Science from College of Natural Sciences, First cluster for Colleges of University of Tsukuba.

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