Bilateral Boardroom: Purpose-Driven Leadership in U.S.-Japan Relations
Date: November 16, 2021 (U.S.) / November 17, 2021 (Japan)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET / 9:00am – 10:30am JT
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Please join us for the second event in the U.S.-Japan Council’s 2021 Bilateral Boardroom series, titled “Purpose-Driven Leadership in U.S.-Japan Relations.” This series convenes key decision-makers from business, government and the civil sector in the United States and Japan for critical conversations in the bilateral relationship, with this year offering a stage for discussions on a range of new and existing challenges related to environmental, social and governance issues.
Taking place on November 16 (U.S.) and November 17 (Japan), this event will welcome Larry Fink, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc., and Toshiaki Higashihara, Representative Executive Officer, Executive Chairman & CEO and Director at Hitachi, Ltd., as featured speakers. They will share their thoughts on finding purpose and how to translate that into results-oriented calls-to-action for the greater good of both nations and societies across the globe.
Susan Wagner, Co-founder, Former Vice Chairman and Former Chief Operating Officer of BlackRock, will lead the conversation with Mr. Fink. Chair of the USJC Board of Directors Paul Yonamine, Executive Chairman, Central Pacific Bank; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Central Pacific Financial Corp., will lead the conversation with Mr. Higashihara.
Additional speakers to be announced.
This event follows our first 2021 Bilateral Boardroom, a climate crisis dialogue in August between U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Japan’s Minister of the Environment KOIZUMI Shinjiro. Click here to read more or watch the recording.
About the Speakers
Laurence D. Fink, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc.
Prior to founding BlackRock, Larry Fink was a member of the Management Committee and a Managing Director of First Boston. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of NYU and the World Economic Forum and is Co-Chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center Board of Trustees. He serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, and the Executive Committee of the Partnership for NYC. Mr. Fink earned an MBA with a concentration in real estate and a BA in political science from UCLA.
Toshiaki Higashihara, Representative Executive Officer, Executive Chairman & CEO and Director, Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi Executive Chairman & CEO Toshiaki Higashihara leads over 350,000 employees worldwide as he guides efforts to transform Hitachi from a product-oriented company to a sustainable and diverse enterprise that harnesses innovation to solve problems for customers and society at large. His passion has driven Hitachi to become a leader in the digital transformation (DX) of social infrastructure and helped it to improve quality of life as it also increases value for customers. Prior to his current position, Mr. Higashihara has held several executive leadership positions in Hitachi business units and affiliated companies, including President of Hitachi Power Europe GmbH, President of Hitachi Plant Technologies, Ltd. and Chief Operating Officer of Hitachi’s Information & Telecommunications Systems Group. Mr. Higashihara holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Tokushima University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Boston University.
Susan L. Wagner, Former Vice Chairman, BlackRock
Susan L. Wagner retired as Vice Chairman of BlackRock after serving in that role from 2006 to 2012. Ms. Wagner also served as a member of BlackRock’s Global Executive Committee and Global Operating Committee. Ms. Wagner previously served as BlackRock’s Chief Operating Officer and as Head of Corporate Strategy. She serves as a member of the board of trustees of Wellesley College. Ms. Wagner also currently serves as a director of Color Health (privately held) and Samsara (privately held).
Paul Yonamine, Chair, USJC | Executive Chairman, Central Pacific Bank; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Central Pacific Financial Corp.
Paul K. Yonamine is the Chairman and CEO of Central Pacific Financial Corp., the parent company of Central Pacific Bank at which he serves as its Executive Chairman. Mr. Yonamine served as President and Country General Manager of IBM Japan, Ltd. until March 2017. IBM Japan was one of the best performing divisions of IBM with approximately $9 billion in annual revenues, and was recognized by Nikkei, Japan’s leading business journal, as a leader in workforce diversity. Click here for full bio.
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