Directors and Executive Officers

Ernest M. Higa (Date of Birth: October 15, 1952)

Ernest M. Higa

Outside Director

Current

  • Board Member, The Tokyo New Business Conference
  • Board of Overseers, The Columbia Business School
  • Director, JC Comsa Corporation
  • Chairman & Representative Director, Wendy’s Japan K.K.
  • Director, Shinsei Bank, Limited
  • Chairman President & Chief Executive Officer, Higa Industries Co., Ltd.

As of September 1, 2016

Message

One of the “key” themes of Prime Minister Abe’s reforms for the economic recovery of Japan is “Corporate Governance.” I believe the presence of outside board members that can represent shareholders with diverse perspectives and opinions in order to enhance management decisions is especially important.

Shinsei Bank has already implemented a robust governance structure whereby the outside board members actually outnumber the internal board members 5 to 2. Furthermore, Shinsei’s Board meetings are very interactive, with frank discussions that challenge and advise the management team of the Bank in a collaborative manner, inciting reflection and sometimes resulting in reassessment of decisions made pertaining to strategy and execution.

In this context, as an outside board member, I endeavor to contribute to the Board Meetings in a proactive manner to express opinions and observations, from my perspective and experience, which I feel can be helpful to Shinsei’s management, as well as represent the view point of our shareholders.

Biography

April 2015 Chairman President & Chief Executive Officer, Higa Industries Co., Ltd. (Current)
June 2013 Director, Shinsei Bank, Limited (Current)
March 2011 Chief Executive Officer, Wendy's Japan
June 2010 Director, JC Comsa Corporation (Current)
February 2010 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Higa Industries Co., Ltd.
May 2009 Board of Overseers, The Columbia Business School (Current)
April 2008 Board Member, The Tokyo New Business Conference (Current)
April 1983 President and Chief Executive Officer, Higa Industries Co., Ltd.
April 1976 Joined Higa Industries Co., Ltd.
September 2016 Chairman & Representative Director, Wendy’s Japan K.K. (Current)

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