Ernest M. Higa is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Higa Industries Co., Ltd. and Wendy’s Japan. He is also a Director of JC Comsa Corporation and Shinsei Bank, and a member of Keizai Doyukai, the Board of Councilors of USJC, and the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Business School. In 1990, he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the New Business Conference, and in 1998, he was awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture for “innovation in the food industry” and recognized by Toyo Keizai as one of the top 50 entrepreneurs in Japan. Mr. Higa earned his MBA from Columbia Business School and his B.S. from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania.