Brian K. Heywood
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Heywood graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with an honors degree in East Asian Studies. Prior to graduation he spent three years living in Japan as a missionary and as a student. After graduation, he joined JD Power and Associates (“JDPA”) and aided in the establishment of the Japanese and Asian operations of JDPA and the development of the JDPA business model in Asia. Mr. Heywood served on the board of directors of JD Power Asia and JD Power Korea where he had the opportunity to interact with the board of directors and management of nearly every automotive company in the world as well as hundreds of Japanese chief executive officers and other senior management officials. His interaction was directed at supporting management in driving internal change. In 1997, he joined a British firm, Belron International, as Director of Business Development and Operations for nine Asian countries, including Japan and India. During his two years with Belron, he lived in Singapore before returning to Japan in 1999 to join Citibank as Vice President and Head of Sales for its 22 retail branches.
Mr. Heywood has years of experience interacting with board members of large Japanese corporations and extensive experience working with management teams of Japanese corporations. He has a strong network of contacts and a deep understanding of Japanese corporate procedures. Mr. Heywood speaks and reads Japanese fluently.