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Team Alba

Founder and CEO Aska Takeuchi
Aska Takeuchi, CMA has 15 years of experience in the financial/advisory industry. She has relationships with over 500 companies through her experience as a banker and equity researcher in a wide variety of industries --telecommunication, construction, real estate, games & entertainment, machinery, materials, retail, food. Aska founded Alba Partners in January 2009, to provide consulting services to these companies. Aska has over 11 years of investment and corporate banking experience with IBJ and Mizuho Financial Group as a credit analyst and fund analyst, reviewing and grading the performance of institutional investors. Aska is a graduate of the University of Tokyo and was an intern at McKinsey & Company. She is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysis Association of Japan (CMA).
Aska Takeuchi
Principal Yoko Uchida
Yoko Uchida, CMA has over 20 years experience in strategic planning and financial controlling. Her broad experiences in SONY include capital raising, IPO and equity planning for both foreign and domestic subsidiaries. Fluent in English, she established a distributor subsidiary in Philippines at SONY. She is a graduate of the University of Kyoto and holds MBA at Aoyama Gakuin University. She is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysis Association of Japan (CMA).
Principal Kayoko Kitamura
Kayoko Kitamura has over 10 years of experience in investor relations, as well as corporate communications. She was a leading project member of Sony Financial Holdings Inc's IPO on the TSE in 2007. She started her career with Itochu Corporation. After her stuies at the National Taiwan Normal University in 1996, Ms. Kitamura worked at a subsidiary of Itochu in mainland China. She joined IIJ and contributed to the listing of its affiliate on the US NASDAQ in 2000. Ms. Kitamura is fluent in Japanese, English and Chinese, and has strong communication skills with financial and accounting knowledge.
Principal, California office Chako Ando
Chako Ando, CFA has over 10 years of investment banking and capital markets experience. Ms. Ando was a VP in the M&A department of Daiwa America; manager of a venture capital investment fund for the Industrial Bank of Japan; and a VP of credit control with Sumitomo Bank Capital Markets. Ms. Ando has also been a CFO of an online trading system provider and a consultant for numerous Silicon Valley firms. She is a CFA Charter holder and has passed the Series 65 investment advisor exam. A Tokyo native, Ms.Ando obtained her MBA at Stanford.
Chako Ando
Principal Tomoya Takeda
Tomoya Takeda has over 15 years' experience in the banking business. He started his career in Industrial Bank of Japan as a foreign exchange administrator and a coverage officer of mid to large scale companies at Mizuho Financial Group. He is responsible for material production - IR materials and Website creation - at Alba Partners. He is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysis Association of Japan (CMA).
Tomoya Takeda
Principal Kyoko Miyabe
Kyoko has worked for Sony Global Treasury Services and Marubeni Europe in London. She holds a BA from Brown University, an MA from New York University and University of York, UK, and a PhD from University of Cambridge, UK.
Kyoko Miyabe
Advisor Bob Schneider
Bob Schneider is editor of Data Interactive, the Hitachi XBRL blog. He worked in the equity research department of Morgan Stanley for six years, including three years as Supervisory Analyst of the firm's Tokyo office. As senior analyst and writer for a Tokyo IR firm, he wrote the MD&As for more than 100 annual reports of over 30 companies. He spent two years as an external auditor and is a CPA (inactive status) in the State of New York. Mr. Schneider has passed both the Series16 (supervisory analyst) and Series 65 (investment adviser) exams. He holds an MBA from Columbia University in accounting.
Bob Schneider

Strategic Partners

Arc Media Inc. http://www.arcmedia.net/
Arc Media Inc. is a New York-based consulting firm specializing in transglobal business opportunities. We provide local strategic and market intelligence, subject-expert surveys and local consulting services for entry to a new market through our connections to reliable key contacts in foreign markets. Arc Media has worked various projects in the markets including Japan, China, Russia, India, South East Asia, Eastern Europe and Middle East.
CEO Mitchie Takeuchi
Mitchie Takeuchi@ArcMedia has worked on multiple business transactions involving US, Japan, and the emerging markets over the 20 years. Her expertise is to identify business opportunities in highly value added services and products, extending beyond one country to create additional business in designated foreign markets.
Mitchie Takeuchi
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