Nicholas Benes shared his views on how to assess (and improve) boards and leadership at Japanese companies at Japan Investing Summit 2012.

The largest barriers to better board leadership in Japan stem from the fact that historically, the vast majority of board members have been managers promoted from within the firm. While this mix is changing a bit, Nicholas Benes provides a guide to how investors can properly assess leadership at Japanese companies and what needs to be done to improve the effectiveness of boards as management oversight bodies tasked to represent the interests of shareholders. As Nicholas has served on a number of boards in Japan (eight years in total), including on the board of the post-scandal Livedoor, you will benefit from his exclusive insights into the inner workings of leadership at Japanese companies.

About the instructor:

Prior to founding The Board Director Training Institute of Japan ( in 2009, Nicholas Benes has served, among others, as Governor and Chair, Growth Strategy Task Force, at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, as a member of the Experts Committee of the Japan Investment Council, one of only three councils that advises the Japanese Cabinet, as well as on numerous boards of Japanese companies, including Cecile, Livedoor (post-scandal), and Alps Mapping. Mr. Benes, who is trained in both law and business (JD-MBA) and is bilingual in Japanese and English, has also gained broad experience in investment banking during 11 years at JP Morgan, in New York, London and Tokyo. Currently, Mr. Benes spends most of his time leading The Board Director Training Institute of Japan, which provides training for board members and executives on corporate governance and related management topics.

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